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And the Winners Are…

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications

With all the technology advancements taking place in the consumer electronics industry, how are you supposed to know what’s noteworthy? Spoiler alert – there’s a trade show for that…

Despite extensive information being merely one-click away on the Internet today, trade shows still provide a valuable venue to see – and touch – the latest innovations of companies in a particular industry. Trade shows are also big business, generating €4.6 billion ($5.1 billion USD) in 2014 for the leading trade fair organizers worldwide.

One of the top 100 trade fairs in the electronics and electrical goods category, IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited is being held this week in Germany at the Messe Berlin. Organized by German Industry & Commerce Ltd. and International Data Group (IDG), and sponsored by IDC, the fair features a juried Product Technical Innovation Award competition having a selection period lasting more than half the year. Winners were announced at the commencement of the fair in the following categories:

  • “Quantum Dot Technology Gold Award” – TCL QUHD quantum dot TV “Q65X1S-CUD”
  • “Purification Technology Gold Award” – the groundbreaking dirt-free washing machine “XQM85-9005BS”
  • “Breakthrough in Smartphone Audio Innovation” to ZTE AXON 7 Series
  • “Intelligent Interconnection Gold Award” to SIEMENS smart home platform “Home Connect”
  • “UHD Display Technology Gold Award” to BOE 65 inch 8K UHD Ultra Slim Module
  • “Best Sensing Technical Innovation Smartwatch” to SAMSUNG Gear S3
  • “Integrated Technological Application Gold Award” to Great Wall Computer’s “Greatwall O2 integrated terminal of mobile electronic commerce”
  • “Interactive Experience Gold Award” to HTC VIVE
  • “Annually Best Interconnected Innovation Smart Refrigerator” to CHANGHONG CHiQ Refrigerator
  • “Efficient & Green Technology Gold Award” to Galanz intelligent microwave oven “Q6-Q260S(S0)”
  • “Internet TV Solutions Gold Award ” to LeTV uMax85
  • “Best Intelligent Flight Innovation UAV” to DJI Phantom 4.

While the products represented in the award list are varied, they all appear to make use of a combination of advanced electronics, software, increased connectivity, and a variety of sensors to achieve lighter, thinner, smarter, and more efficient products than their predecessors.

Of particular interest to me is the sensing technology being miniaturized for devices like smart watches. As devices such as accelerometers and gyroscopes become smaller, application in new areas becomes increasingly feasible. The folks over at Techquickie have put together an interesting video on how theses sensors work.

Whether you are personally ready for your Internet connected refrigerator to automatically restock spoiled milk and eggs or you are willing to shell out premium dollars for a TV the thickness of a human thumb, the technological advancements encapsulated in the latest recipients of the IFA Technology Innovation Awards certainly provide inspiration to engineers and scientists in all industries seeking unique solutions to contemporary challenges.

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All opinions shared in this post are the author’s own.

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