By Lisa Johnston
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New York – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today its 2014 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees.
The CES Innovations Awards honor outstanding design and engineering advancements across 28 consumer electronics product categories, including two new categories this year: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, and Wearable Technologies.
The 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing category recognizes 3D printers, accessories, software, platforms and any electronic device that facilitates the use of additive manufacturing.
Wearable Technologies features electronic devices typically worn by consumers that use sensors for navigation, information-gathering, communicating information or other sensory enhancements.
CES Innovations Awards entries are judged on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace.
The Best of Innovations designation is awarded to products with the highest judges’ scores, which will be featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase in the Venetian at the 2014 International CES, Jan. 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas.
The Best of Innovations Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled Las Vegas: the Official Media Event of the International CES, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, at Mandalay Bay, Level 3, South Seas Ballroom C.
“This year’s CES Best of Innovations Award honorees run the gamut of next-generation technologies changing the way we live, work and play,” said Karen Chupka, International CES and corporate business strategy senior VP, CEA. “The 2014 Innovations Award program saw a record number of entries. We continue to be awed by the creative thought and design behind these award-winning innovations, which reflect the true spirit of CES and the technology industry.”
The Best of Innovations Honorees for 2014 (minus a few embargoed products) are:
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing: Formlabs, Form 1;
Accesible Technologies: Tobii Technology, Tobii EyeMobile;
Digital Imaging: Sony Electronics, Sony QX-series lens-style cameras;
Eco Design & Sustainable Technologies: Brunton, Hydrogen Reactor;
Embedded Technologies: Novasentis, Electro-mechanical Polymer Actuator Technology;
Headphones: Plantronics, the BackBeat Go 2 + Charging Case;
Headphones: Sony Electronics, PHA-2 Headphone Amp;
Health & Fitness: Reebok & MC10, Reebok Checklight;
High Performance Home Audio: Bang & Olufsen, BeoLab 18;
Home Audio/Video Components: Sony Electronics, FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player;
Home Theater Speakers: Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Philips Fidelio E5 Wireless Surround Cinema Speakers;
In-Vehicle Audio/Video: Pioneer Electronics, AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210);
Portable Power: Kirk H&J Corporation, iNPOFi Foldable Mobile Wireless Charger;
Software & Mobile Apps: Harman International, Aha;
Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computing: Sony Electronics, Vaio Flip PC;
Wearable Technologies: Instabeat, Instabeat; and
Tech For a Better World: Able Planet Incorporated, Personal Sound with Linx Fusion.
The full list of all Best of Innovations honorees, including embargoed products, will be announced on Jan. 5.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.