The CES Innovation Design and Engineering Awards are like the Golden Globes for designers, manufacturers and developers of consumer products. Instead of the Foreign Press, the products are judged by a panel comprised of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade press.
CES Innovations Awards entries are judged on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities. They also consider the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace, according to International CES.
There are 28 different categories which cover a wide variety of topics, some of which include, Home Audio, Home Networking, Accessibility and Universal Design, Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology to Home Appliances, Headphones, Health and Wellness and Mobile Apps to name a few.
Here are just a few of the honourees from this years 2013 Internationals CES showcase:
In the category of Computer Hardware and Components, Moneual took home the honours with their Touch Table PC. Designed primarily for cafes and restaurants and even public places like hospitals, hotels and airprots, this clever little PC allows you to look through menus, order food and even pay directly. I hope it’s well sealed and protected from spills.
For Digital Imaging, Sony Electronics was this year’s choice. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 was recognized as the world’s first full-frame compact digital camera, featuring an advanced 35mm full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor® CMOS sensor and exceptionally fast, bright Carl Zeiss T* 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens.
From Gaming Hardware and Accessories, Mad Catz takes the nod for their state-of-the-art S.T.R.I.K.E.7 Professional Gaming Keyboard. It’s perfect for competitive gaming with the unique V.E.N.O.M. Touch Display keeping track of every aspect of the PC. It will take care of launching apps, and issuing macro commands and more. It has a modular construction to allows gamers to rearrange individual sections of the keyboard to suit their playing style.
There is certainly no shortage of headphones on the market. However, Sennheiser was singled out as being at the head its class in the Headphone category for “the most innovations per cubic millimetre” with their IE800 In-ear canal headphones that features a ceramic housing and provides distortion free sound.
In the Personal Electronics category, the winner is a product that’s great for Canadian skiers or any skiers for that matter. It’s the Apex HD+, Wi-Fi Snow Goggle by Liquid Image Co, LLC. This is the first snow goggle that offers Full HD recording, built in Wi-Fi and a rotating camera lens. It also allows for live streaming to an iOS or Android device, file playback and remote control.
The SpareOne by Xpal, a product we’ve reviewed here at CanoeTech Blog, has been recognized in the category of Technology in a Better World. The SpareOne is an emergency cellphone that runs on a single AA battery that will last for 15 years. It’ll dial 911 without a SIM card and operates as a phone with one installed. A new model, the SpareOnePlus with added features and new colours has been announced and is on its way.
In the Video Display category, Samsung was top dog with their Samsung Timeless UHD 85″ with Ultimate Picture and Sound Quality: UN85S9. Billed as the world’s largest commercially available UHD (ultra hi-def), four times that of HD, it features 8 million pixels and enhanced dimming technology for better contrasts and the ultimate in picture delivery.
Finally, in the Health and Wellness category, the KICKR Power Trainer by Wahoo Fitness is the world’s first bike trainer powered by an iPhone. Its raison d’être is to allow you to have a complete indoor workout through a specially engineered flywheel designed to replicate riding on the road, but quietly.
If you’re interested, here’s a full list of the the 2013 CES Innovation design and engineering awards honourees.
Photos courtesy of their respective companies.
Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.