Archive for the ‘Innovation Awards’ Category

Every year, the CEATEC Innovation Award recognizes the most promising technology at the Consumer Electronics And Technology Conference, Japans largest trade show of its kind. This year’s nine categories were taken under the wing of 7 judges, comprised of prominent U.S. journalists and industry advisors, who explored the entirety of the show to find what technologies are making, or will soon make, a difference in people’s lives. I was again honored to serve as a judge on the panel, and as one of the founding members, and it’s absolutely overwhelming the professionalism and depth of knowledge the other judges possess and use during this annual event.

And the winners of the 2016 CEATEC Innovation Awards are (press release):
Transportation – Panasonic Touch Panel with Rotary Knobs
Smart Community – 4R Energy Freedom
Digital Imaging – VRC Shun’x Full Body 3D scanner
Mobile Technology – DJI Osmo Mobile
Home Entertainment – Aroma Shooter Mini
Component – Panasonic Bendable, Twistable Battery
Software – NEC Security Guard Support Solution
Health & Household – Fujitsu Retissa Rental Imaging Laser
Industrial Design – Honda Variable Design Platform (VDP)
GRAND PRIZE:
Fujitsu Retissa Retinal Imaging Laser
And, of course, here’s our awesome panel of judges:
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Details of all the winners can be found at the Ubergizmo write-up.

If you want to see next year’s consumer electronics trends, go the current year’s CEATEC. The largest CE show in Japan, held in Makuhari for at least the past 7 years, plays host to products and their components from all over the Asia Pacific area, where most of the CE industry innovation resides.

In a nutshell, based on what was observed at this show, I can practically put money on the items below being the CE Trends for 18 months. You can see many of these reflected in the winners of the CEATEC Innovation Awards, a panel on which I’m a judge.

  • 4K Television Sets + 8K, 3D is dead again and hey, why not buy a 4K set?
  • AR Headsets, likely trending towards VR – I’m thinking AR leads to head-mounted Android Wear, and, heaven forbid, iGlasses
  • Better device user experiences, totally non-techie

Over the next 3 years, probably the following:

  • “Simple” Robots transforming healthcare and family interaction
  • Family, home, and building monitoring solutions, healthcare
  • 5G wireless

The Under-appreciated Heroes of our Industry

I feel it’s harder to innovate full products these days. Many CE technologies we see in the pipeline are simply better, smaller, faster, higher resolution, more efficient versions of what’s come before. The real shining star of this industry is the component manufacturers and what they’ve been capable of. The second rarely told story is the countless research hours creating amazing solutions most American consumers will never hear of.