6 Great Gadgets for Innovation

<p>The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced earlier this week a list of the top tech gadgets that have caught the industry's eye in terms of innovation, quality and design.</p> <p>From a thermostat that learns your lifestyle and preferences to a wall plate that turns standard electrical outlets into USB ports, here is a look at some of the honorees for CEA's 2012 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards:</p>

Nest Learning Thermostat

<p>From the mastermind that brought us the iPod comes the Nest Learning Thermostat from Nest Labs, a intuitive thermostat that automatically adjusts your home's heating and cooling based on your schedule and lifestyle — all while saving big on energy bills. The device is the first of its kind that learns from your behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom heating and cooling schedule. Many say it will revolutionize the way we think about indoor heating and cooling and can even cut down on energy costs by 20 to 30 percent. Price: $249.</p>

The Kitchen Cabinet Mount

<p>The Kitchen Cabinet Mount from Belkin allows tablet users an easy way to reference their devices while keeping counter and cabinet space free of extra clutter. The device securely suspends the tablet on any cabinet or shelf, so users can run how-to videos while cooking and keep tabs open to look at recipes. Price: $49.99.</p>

Libratone Live

<p>European-brand Libratone is making its U.S. debut with the launch of its cutting-edge Libratone Live speakers. The device allows users to wirelessly stream tunes from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It's small and triangular-shaped so it can send sound out in three directions. Users can also control its settings with an accompanying iOS app. Price: $699.</p>

RCA USB Wall Plate Charger

<p>The RCA USB Wall Plate Charger was honored in the portable power category for turning any standard home dual AC power outlet into a USB outlet. The device can fully charge three devices at once, one with a standard plug and two via USB, such as a tablet or smartphone. Price: $15.</p>

Sony Tablet S1

<p>Sony's new lightweight tablet – which runs on Android 3.1 and features a unique folded shape with a 9.4-inch display – feels more like a magazine than a gadget. It’s also the first tablet to be PlayStation certified, as it's loaded with classic PS titles such as Crash Bandicoot along with casual touch-friendly games such as Pinball Heroes. Price: $499.</p>

Sonomax Eers

<p>Sonomax Eers is perhaps one of the most innovative earbud headphones to hit the market as they mold to fit each ear’s unique shape just four minutes after wearing them. It also separates the sound users want to hear from the noise they don't want to hear, allowing them to safely listen at a fraction of the regular volume. Price: $200.</p>

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