by Andrea Doyle | June 05, 2012
There is no better way to motivate than with the latest and greatest in electronics. To get a handle on today's hottest gadgets, we turned to the Consumer Electronics Association, producers of the International CES held annually in Las Vegas.

"Last Gadget Standing" is the show's version of Survivor meets American Idol. Ten companies compete for the title, and this year's winner was the Lytro, a new camera technology that is a revolutionary way to take and experience pictures. It captures complete light field data, meaning the user can focus a picture after it's been taken. The Lytro retails for $399 and $499. www.lytro.com.

A close second went to the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. Something of an everything-in-one ultra thin laptop, its 360-degree flip-and-fold design and dual-hinged display lets a notebook fold into multiple positions depending on how the recipient prefers to read, watch, or play. The estimated starting retail price is $1,199. www.lenovo.com

In online voting, the winner was Swivl, a product that removes the need for a cameraperson. It makes it easy to shoot video with a smartphone or video camera hands free, allowing the cameraperson to hop in front of the camera. Models start at $129. www.swivl.com

Another finalist was the Playstation Vita, as the judgets were wowed by its sleek design and put it at the top of portable gaming systems. The system offers a hardcore gaming experience with an excellent OLED screen capable of delivering clear motion and 3D play to a level not before seen in handheld devices. The PS Vita is able to connect through both Wi-Fi and 3G networks to social networks, Netflix, and to other PS Vitas. The device retails for about $299.99. http://us.playstation.com.

An innovation that created a lot of buzz at the International CES was the Autom, a weight-loss "coach" that engages you in a dialog about your goals. She becomes a dieting partner that helps you stay on track. The user inputs the number of calories he or she consumes as well as the amount of exercise that they perform each day on the touchscreen and the Autom encourages the user to meet his or her goals. The developer of the Autom, Cory Kidd, holds a Ph.D. in human-robot interaction from the MIT Media Lab. Kidd says this product is more compelling than a phone- or Web-based app because it engages the user and creates a relationship.

The Autom is $199 and more information is available at http://myautom.com.