CES 2012: Best of Innovation Awards

Wed, 4 Jan 2012, 12:58pm

CES 2012

Every year in early January, the global consumer electronics industry gathers in Las Vegas for CES, the world's biggest consumer electronics trade event.

It's the launchpad for most companies' new product ranges for the coming year, and a showcase for emerging technologies, from computers and home automation to hi-fi and all forms of home entertainment.

One of the highlights of the show is its showcase of cutting-edge new tech, highlighted in the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.

Since 1976, the Awards have given consumer manufacturers and developers an opportunity to have their newest products judged by a panel of experts, including independent industrial designers and engineers.

Products chosen as the most impressive in each category are selected as honorees and can be seen at CES in the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase.

As a taste of what's in store for 2012, here are some of the 'Innovation Honorees' chosen so far:

Category: High Performance Home Audio

Devialet D-Premier

A combined preamp, analogue-digital hybrid stereo power amp and a digital-to-analogue converter in a single case

Devialet D-Premier

Category: Software and mobile apps

MyFord Mobile

Ford’s MyFord Mobile app allows Focus Electric drivers to control car functions via a smartphone or website.

MyFord Mobile

Category: Personal Electronics

Libratone Live

AirPlay wireless speaker system, available in six colours.

Libratone Live

Category: Gaming hardware and accessories

Razer Blade

An aluminium chassis laptop designed specifically for gaming.

Razer Blade laptop

Category: Home theatre speakers

Reality Design SonicBlade

The world's first glass plinth speaker that combines an electrostatic
sonic panel with conventional cone technology to deliver "premium sound at a realistic cost".

Sonic Blade

Category: Headphones

Sonomax Technologies eers in-ear headphones

Custom-fit in-ear headphones that are moulded to fit your ears in just four minutes.

Sonomax eers

Category: Tablets, e-readers and Netbooks

Sony Tablet S1

Rival to Apple's iPad, which is PlayStation certified.

Sony Tablet S

Category: Wireless handsets

HTC Amaze 4G

The HTC Amaze 4G is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and runs Android 2.3. It hast a 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display and an advanced 8-megapixel camera.

HTC Amaze 4G


Category: Audio components

Altec Lansing InAir 5000 AirPlay speaker

The InAir 5000 wireless AirPlay speaker (MA5000) is a tri-amp, hi-fi system that allows iOS and iTunes users to stream music over their wi-fi network.

Altec Lansing inAir5000

Category: Audio components

NAD Viso 1

Wireless streaming iPod docking system.

NAD Viso 1

Category: Audio components

Philips Fidelio SoundRing

A portable, rechargeable speaker designed with Philips SoundRing and AirPlay technology.

Philips Fidelio SoundRing