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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - owner and producer of CES - the global stage for innovation - has announced the official call for CES 2017 Innovation Award entries. The annual competition honors outstanding design and engineering across 28 consumer technology categories, including - but not limited to - wearable technologies, vehicle intelligence, smart home and virtual reality.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early and can submit entries from August 8 through September 16. The first 200 applicants will receive a $200 early bird discount. Honorees will be announced at CES Unveiled New York on November 10 and the winning products will be on display January 5-8 at CES 2017 in the Innovation Awards Showcase at Tech West.

Each product category has an expert, three-member judging team composed of an independent industrial designer, an independent engineer and a member of the trade press. Entries are judged on engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, use/function and user value, unique/novel features and how the design and innovation directly compare to other products in the market.

 DETAILS: Honorees will receive additional Innovation Awards benefits, including use of the Honoree logos on marketing assets and product packaging, exposure on, listing in the January/February issue of It Is Innovation (i3) and an Innovation Awards Honoree trophy.

 For full contest rules and to submit online, visit Questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CES has announced its Best of Innovation Awards Honorees for CES 2016. The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering advancements across 27 consumer technology product categories. The announcement came during CES Unveiled New York, an annual event to showcase new products and trends and the latest show announcements leading up to the CES.

In-vehicle honorees include Parrot, Dual Electronics, Alpine Electronics and Infinity for its Kappa K5 amp. Directed was also honored in the Wearables category for its Viper SmartStart 4.0. 
Each category has a three-member judging team that evaluates the products based on the criteria of engineering, design, function, features and how the product directly compares to competitors in the market. Products that receive the Best of Innovation designation are the highest-rated products within each category, and will be featured in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES Tech West during CES 2016, Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV. CES is owned and produced by The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.
“This was another fantastic year for the Innovation Awards, as all of the honorees represent a vast range of technological advancements showcasing the excitement, energy and promise of consumer technology” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy. “These innovative products highlight key industry trends that will be seen across the entire CES show floor in January, and will drive the global consumer tech industry for months to come.”

The 2016 Best of Innovation Honorees are:

Computer Hardware and Components
HP Inc.
HP ENVY Curved All-in-One

Computer Peripherals
Seaboard RISE

Digital Imaging
Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation
Ricoh Theta S

Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology
ECO USBCELL Rechargeable  Battery

Fitness, Sports and Biotech

Gaming and Virtual Reality
Vuzix Corporation
iWear Wireless

Harman International Industries
JBL Reflect Aware

Home Appliances
Somabar Robotic Bartender

Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories
Klipsch Group, Inc.
Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos Speaker System

Portable Media Players & Accessories
Belkin International
Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

Smart Home
Sengled Voice

Software and Mobile Apps

Tablets, E-Readers, and Mobile Computing
Lenovo, Corp. Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Osterhout Design Group R-7 Smart Glasses

Tech For A Better World
3D Systems
K-1 Assistive Device

Unmanned Systems and Accessories
Lily Camera

Vehicle Intelligence
Ford Motor Company
Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist

Wearable Technologies
Samsung Electronics
Samsung Gear S2

Wireless Handset Accessories
Smart Fishfinder

Wireless Handsets
Samsung Electronics
Galaxy S6 edge+

For more information on the CES 2016 Innovation Awards, including photos and descriptions of all honorees, visit CES Innovation Awards on

Dual Electronics has announced that it has been named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree for its in-car high-resolution audio player with WiFi, model DWF916L. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering and represent some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.

The DWF916L is the world’s first in-car headunit that allows playback of lossless music files streamed from a smartphone over WiFi. The player supports FLAC, ALAC, APE and WAV high-resolution audio files, up to 24bit/192 kHz. It also supports DLNA, allowing it to stream audio from other DLNA compatible devices including tablets and laptops. In addition, the DWF916L features a proprietary up-sampling algorithm to convert 16bit audio streamed from a smartphone over WiFi to 24bit audio.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Jim Braun, President and CEO, Dual Electronics. “We are happy to be able to bring mastering quality audio to the car in an elegant and user friendly solution, and at a price that won’t break the bank. “

Other features of the DWF916L headunit include built-in Bluetooth technology, direct USB control for iPod/iPhone devices, MTP for Android devices connected via USB, control for the Pandora app on an iPhone connected via USB, a large 3” full-color LCD, 3 pairs of 4V preamp outputs and 7 preset EQs.

Dual’s in-car high-resolution audio player with WiFi (model DWF916L) will be displayed at CES 2016, booth 2818, North Hall, LVCC, Las Vegas, Nevada between January 6 – 9, 2016. The DWF916L is expected to ship in late Spring 2016, at $499 MSRP. 

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