Ten finalists in the 2013 CES Mobile Apps Showdown made their way to Las Vegas to compete for Best in Show in categories such as downloads, user interface and popularity, according to CNET.
The event pits a variety of mobile apps against each another, all with different functions and target markets. Comedians Jon Hein and Gary Dell’Abate hosted the event featuring an “Applause-o-Meter” to encourage the crowd to participate in crowning the CES mobile app winner.
Winning first place at the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, with very loud applause, was MyScript Calculator. The app utilizes handwriting recognition technology and software that allows its users to compute mathematical equations with freehand writing instead of manually entering numbers. MyScript Calculator won both the App Showdown and People’s Choice Award.
In second place was MindMeld, created by Expect Labs, an app still in its beta testing stage. MindMeld “listens” to group conversations on your iPad and takes notes, which will be highly beneficial for professionals in group video meetings. By providing instant information at your fingertips, it eliminates the need to search manually online. For example, if you’re discussing marketing strategies, MindMeld will listen to certain cues and bring up relevant images, articles, videos and much more.
Many other mobile apps were showcased at CES, but another noteworthy app among the top ten was Nivpat. The app has an e-commerce slant that utililzes social media. Nivpat allows users to connect their social networks through a T-shirt. The Nivpat app scans the shirt allowing the user to learn more about the person wearing the shirt.
Such shirts could be implemented with Cafe Press, creating an entire community of customized shirts that are completely supported through e-commerce. Although it didn’t win Best in Show, Nivpat introduced an innovative concept.
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