CEA Announces 2013 Design Award Winners
We’re just a few weeks away from the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, and the Consumer Electronics Assocation has already announced its slate of honorees for the 2013 Design and Engineering Awards.
You can read a more comprehensive list of winners here, but I wanted to highlight a few that caught my eye, and that are either boundary defining, or extremely practical.
First is SWITCH Lighting’s 3-way LED incandescent replacement A-lamp. If we ever hope to move consumers away from traditional bulbs and into more energy efficient models, then the replacements have to perform as well (or better) as the originals. A 3-way LED option is a must.
Vuzix took the Wireless Handset Accessories category with its entry in the wearable computing market, Smart Glasses. The hands-free system provides text, video and audio in a heads-up smartphone display. The company also makes virtual and augmented reality glasses.
When we talk about batteries here, we’re typically touting the benefits of new types of battery technology. XPAL Power, on the other hand, received kudos for its use of old-fashioned AA batteries. The company’s SpareOne is a mobile phone powered by a single AA battery, providing 10 hours of use, or up to 15 years of life in storage.
CES also highlighted this cool looking loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen, the BeoPlay A9, a circular unit that acts as a piece of furniture. Speaking of audio, Sennheiser’s IE800 in-ear canal headphones won their category thanks to their frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz.
In the Computer Hardware & Components category, Moneual won with its Touch Table PC, which is designed for restaurants and public spaces. Users can browse menus and order food, as well as pay directly from the table. (This may be the most practical use of the table computing form factor I’ve seen yet.)
The CES show will take place Jan. 8-11, 2013, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.