To drum up interest in gadgets and the its big Consumer Electronics Show in January, the show’s “excellence in product design and engineering awards” were announced today by the Consumer Electronics Association.
In other words, it’s calling out some of the cool new stuff going on sale next year.
My favorite may be Belkin’s FlyWire, a device that wirelessly connects flat-panel TVs to DVD players, game consoles and other equipment. It will cost $1,499, but that could be cheaper than hiring an electrician and plastering crew to run video cables through the walls. It also beams 1080p content around the house using the 5 Ghz wireless band.
Another winner is the Pacemaker, an $895 digital media player with DJ functionality, including controls emulating two mini turntables and a mixer. Pacemaker also offers a software platform for editing music (the application is free to anyone …) and has an online community for users to upload and share their mixes.
The full list:
Audio Accessories: Furutech’s F1-50 Series piezo ceramic connectors
Audio Components: Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD 7.2-channel audio/video eceiver
Computer Hardware: Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart Desktop PC IQ506
Computer Hardware: Whipsaw Zero Client Computer, a cube-like thin client device.
Computer Peripherals: Lenovo ThinkPad USB portable secure hard drive
Digital Imaging: Sony Cyber-shot T700 digital camera
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology: 4Home Energy EM-3200
Enabling Technologies: Staccato Communications Ripcord2TM SC4500C
Headphones: Psyko Audio Labs’ Psyko 5.1 headphones
Health and Wellness: Fitbit Tracker
High Performance Audio: Pathos Acoustics “Adrenalin” mono power amplifier
Home Appliances: LG Electronics Steam Laundry Pair: SteamWasher with Allergiene Cycle and SteamDryer
Integrated Home Systems: AVerMedia EB1704HB WiFi-4 CMOS
Multi-Room Audio/Video: Belkin FlyWire
Personal Electronics: Sendero Group’s Code Factory Mobile Geo
Portable Multimedia Accessories: JWIN Electronics’ i1166
Portable Power: Callpod’s ChargepodV2
Video Displays: Samsung 46-inch Super Narrow Bezel LCD Digital Information Display LTI460AA04
(CEA has the list with links and more photos here.)