You might call them thingamajigs or doohickeys, but CES calls them Gadgets. They are the unique technological goodies that make Last Gadget Standing one of the most popular venues at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The event has been a fixture of CES for several years and 2013 won’t be an exception to the excitement it brings.

The top 10 submissions are put on-line as well as before the audience attending the competition for their approval and votes. Just to get on the stage and demo your product earns publicity you can’t buy. Do you have a new idea you hope to turn into fame and fortune? Then it’s time to get crackin’ and submit your entry. Deadline is December 1 if you want to be included in the January 2013 contest.

The folks who will initially review and judge your product this year are from various areas of the technology industry. Andrea Smith formerly of ABC News, now with Mashable, brings a woman’s point of view to the industry. David Berlind of TechWeb will contribute his marketplace expertise to the judging and returning for another year is Michael Miller from PC Magazine’s Forward Thinking column. Ross Rubin, considered to be a top adviser to the leading technology companies, will be there. Avram Piltch, better known as the Geek’s Geek from Laptop Magazine will voice his opinion. Another judge, Melissa Perenson Senior Products Editor from PC World specializes in digital imaging and storage. Rounding out the team is New York Times tech columnist John Quain, who also appears as on-air computer reporter for CBS.

Last year’s top online vote-getting gadget, Swivl, is a stand that facilitates hands-free video capture from a mobile device. The Swivl App is a free application available in the Apple Appstore.

Top prize 2012 went to the Lytro camera which caught Steve Jobs attention
Top prize 2012 went to the Lytro camera which caught Steve Jobs attention.

The competition’s in-person audience gave top honors last year to Lytro, a light field camera that strangely enough lets you focus after taking the picture. You can read about Steve Jobs’ interest in the technology in a Kindle book at Amazon, About Lytro Camera Revolution.

What unique, useful or useless, but fun, gadget can you come up with in the next two months? To see all the rules and to submit your entry, go to Last Gadget Standing.