Arlington, VA—The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2012 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees. The International CES Innovations Awards honor outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories, including two new trend-focused categories: tablets, e-Readers & netbooks; and software & mobile apps.
“We saw a 10% increase in Innovations Award entries this year, which highlights the honor and prestige associated with these awards and the robust innovation within the CE industry,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “We congratulate all finalists for their design and engineering expertise.”
The Best of Innovations honor is awarded to the products with the highest judges’ scores, and they will be featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the 2012 International CES. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: the Official Press Event of the International CES on January 8 in the Venetian Ballroom.
Entries for the Best of Innovations 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.
Best of Innovations Winner, Digital Imaging Category, Lytro. For 2012, Lytro received top Innovations honors in the digital imaging category for its Lytro light field camera. The company announced a new way to take and experience pictures; by the end of the year, Lytro will introduce the first light field camera that allows consumers to instantly capture interactive, living pictures that can be focused and refocused after they are taken. When sharing an image taken by a Lytro camera, the light field engine accompanies the photo, so that anyone who receives the photo can continue to refocus the image without having to download any software. lytro.com
Here are the 2012 Innovations honorees in the digital imaging category, in alphabetical order, and what CES had to say about them.
DXG USA’s DXG 3D Camcorder. Featuring a sleek, compact design and dual-lens technology, the DXG 3D records 3D videos in 1080p Full HD and also captures 3D photos, with no special glasses required to view or playback creations. dxgusa.com
Eastman Kodak’s Playfull Waterproof Video Camera. The Playfull Waterproof is a shockproof, waterproof pocket video camera the size of a credit card that be taken anywhere. It records video in Full HD that can be shared via Kodak’s exclusive “Share” button to social networking sites. kodak.com
Eastman Kodak’s Playsport Video Camera. This next generation of the Best of Innovation award-winning Kodak Playsport video camera is three-proof: waterproof, shockproof and dustproof. Capturing 1080p Full HD video and 5MP still images, Playsport is designed for outdoor adventures. kodak.com
Panasonic's HDC-Z10000 Camcorder. The Z10000, Panasonic’s first twin-lens 3D camcorder, extends the company’s commitment to 3D content creation. The camcorder shoots pro-quality 2D/3D videos with a technically advanced design featuring a 3D LCD screen with no glasses needed. panasonic.com
SanDisk Corporation’s Memory Vault. The Memory Vault is a new digital storage device that can preserve images for up to 100 years. It’s a convenient, reliable place for consumers to pass down their digital photos for generations to come—a photo album for the digital age. sandisk.com
Sony Electronics’ Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR. The α77 has several world-first features, including a remarkably crisp viewfinder and the ability to capture full-resolution 24 megapixel photos at 12 frames per second. It’s also the first DSLR that can capture HD video at 60p (progressive) frame rates. sony.com
Imaging companies also earned honors in other categories:
ArcSoft’s Perfect365 App. This free photo makeover application features state-of-the-art facial tracking, recognition and outlining technologies developed by ArcSoft. It currently lets users adjust up to 21 individual facial features on their pictures and portraits with a single click of a button via a user-friendly interface. The application is currently available for Windows PC and will soon be available for Mac, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Facebook. arcsoft.com
Kodak’s Hero 9.1 All-in-One Printer also took honors. This latest entry in Kodak’s consumer inkjet portfolio is Google Cloud Print and Kodak E-mail Print ready, so users can print from any location and any mobile device—a smartphone, PC, tablet. Smart Sensor technology detects paper size and predicts supplies and time needed, and a large, intuitive touch screen helps make it is easy to print, copy and fax. kodak.com