Outside The Box: Razer Project Christine
Razer's Project Christine was perhaps the most debated award amongst our editors. The company's modular PC concept allows users to easily swap components in and out with speed and ease, stacking them in individually-sealed boxes. Each chassis, or frame, features liquid cooling and noise cancellation, so builders don't have to worry about adding their own.
In a way, Project Christine goes against everything we believe in. We're avid PC builders, so we don't need the simple (yet inevitably marked-up) approach that Razer is offering. On the other hand, if Christine does go to market, it may end up encouraging those who wouldn't have previously considered piecing a PC together to get started. It's a different way of doing things. As such, we're giving it an award for unconventional thinking.
Most Innovative Technology: Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift was at CES last year, but the experience in 2014 is so much better. Oculus VR was showing off its latest hardware innovations in the form of a prototype named Crystal Cove.
This new model sports positional tracking and a low-persistence OLED display, making it more advanced than the development kit already available for order. The result is a virtual reality environment that lets you move your head, lean forward, lean back, and dodge side to side. It's awesome stuff. Check out our hands-on in the link below.