The Innovations Showcase at CES 2011 will be populated with new ideas in video, audio, mobile, home appliances, gaming, and accessories. Design and engineering advances will be honored with awards and attendee accolades.
Outstanding products in 35 consumer electronics categories lined up to be judged "by a distinguished panel of designers, engineers and press,"
according to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
[CEA]. Entries were judged on technical specifications, materials, aesthetics, and design qualities. The products’ intended use and function, and unique features were considered. Each product was compared to others in the marketplace.
Not surprisingly, 3D glasses caught the judges’ eye. Monster Cable
won with their
MAX 3D Glasses. Digital Storm
was a hit with BlackOPS with 3D Vision Surround Technology powered by nVidia’s GTX 400 Series GPUs. GoldenEar Technologies
and Classe Audio
came out on top for home theater speakers and a power amplifier respectively. Sleek Audio
won with their military grade, durable Wireless Hybrid Earphones. Etymotic Research
took honors for their Electronic BlastPLG Earplugs designed to protect the hearing of deployed soldiers.
Dynamics has a credit-card-thin computer
with more than 70 electrical components squeezed into one-tenth of a cubic square inch of volume. The user can switch the information on the magnetic stripe depending on the payment type desired. Security is provided by a code on the card that the user must enter before it can be used. If you’d like to copy the idea, you should think twice. CEO, founder, and inventor, Jeff Mullen, has over 90 pending/issued patents. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, an MBA, and a JD. Mullen was a patent attorney for an intellectual property firm. Messing with his company and interactive payment card probably is not a good idea.
Familiar names were also on the list of honorees. Microsoft Corporation
entered its Kinect for Xbox 360. Hewlett Packard’s Photosmart eStation for accessing and printing web content vied for, and gained attention. Kodak came with a PlaySport waterproof video camera, while Kenmore
showed off its dishwasher with interactive color LCD controls. HTC’s EVO 4G wireless handset impressed the judges, and Sony’s interactive TV and BluRay player took center stage.Transcend Introduces ski-goggles with built-in GPS
An unusual product for the sportsperson, Transcend
– no, not the memory company
built goggles with built-in GPS and a display that provides performance-enhancing data in English or French earned an award. It claims to be "the only pair of goggles in the world that boasts GPS capabilities, USB charging and data transfer, and free post-processing software all with a user-friendly, addictive interface."
The goggles are good for air, snow, water or land activities, including skydiving, snowboarding, jet skiing, and biking.
Attendees will find the awarded products displayed in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2011 International CES January 6-9, 2011.
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