August 28, 2006 at 10:04 AM EDT
Innovations 2007 Awards Seek the Best of the Best in Consumer Electronics Design and Engineering; Call for Entries Open August 28 - October 2, 2006

Entries for the prestigious International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards will be accepted today through October 2, 2006, announced the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA(R)). This annual competition honors outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics. The awards are sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) - the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy. The 2007 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, runs January 8-11, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Our Innovations program continues to get more popular and more competitive every year," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of conferences and events, CEA. "The quality of product submissions is also extremely impressive and we look forward to receiving the entries for the year's hottest and most innovative products."

"We are very pleased to partner with CEA again this year on the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards," said IDSA President Ron Kemnitzer. "IDSA's involvement in this program demonstrates the important role industrial design plays in all aspects of consumer electronics."

For more than 16 years, the Innovations Awards program has given developers and manufacturers an excellent opportunity to have their products judged by a preeminent panel of engineers, independent designers and journalists. Honored products will be announced at the New York Press Preview on November 8 and showcased at the 2007 International CES.

As the most widely renowned consumer technology awards program, the CES Innovations 2007 Awards recognize the best designed and engineered products in the categories of:

--  Audio Accessories               --  Internet Access         
--  Audio Components                --  Mobile/Home Office      
--  Biometrics                      --  Mobile Audio            
--  Computer Accessories            --  Mobile Electronics      
--  Computer Hardware               --  Mobile Video            
--  Digital Imaging                 --  Personal Electronics    
--  Eco-Design                      --  Portable Electronics:   
--  Electronic Gaming                   Audio/Video             
--  Enabling Technologies           --  Portable Power          
--  Furniture                       --  Retail Resources        
--  High Performance Audio          --  Robotics                
--  Home Appliances                 --  Telephones              
--  Home Networking                 --  Video Accessories       
--  Home Theater Accessories        --  Video Displays          
--  Home Theater Audio              --  Wireless Communications 
--  Integrated Home Systems         --  Wireless Peripherals    

Now in its tenth year, the 2007 Best of Innovations awards are given to the most honored products in each category. The Best of Innovations honorees will be announced at the 2007 International CES Unveiled@NewYork on November 8, 2006. Honorees also are highlighted and featured in the Innovations Showcase at Innovations Plus in the Sands exhibit at the Sands Expo and Convention Center during the International CES.

In addition to housing the prestigious Innovations honorees, Innovations Plus at the Sands will feature emerging technology exhibits and events, including hot product TechZones focusing on: Bluetooth, Consumer VoIP, IPTV, and Robotics. Innovations Plus will be home to nearly all consumer electronics categories from audio to wireless; Anytime Anywhere, Mobile & Personal Broadband, Studio@Home, Digital Living Network Alliance, ExpressCard, Flex Tech and The Download. Additionally, the CES Industry Insiders and CES Unveiled will both be there.

Media and analysts will get a sneak peak of this year's Innovations Design and Engineering showcase honorees during an enhanced and expanded CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of CES. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while viewing tabletop product demonstrations and networking with both Innovations honorees and CES exhibitors. CES Unveiled runs from 4 - 7 p.m. on Saturday January, 6 at the Sands Expo/Venetian. Only credentialed media and analysts will be permitted to attend this exclusive sponsored event

Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards are open to anyone, regardless of CES exhibitor status. To submit products for Innovations 2007, review last year's winners or register for the show, log onto www.CESweb.org/innovations.

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $125 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

About IDSA:

The Industrial Designers Society of America is committed to advancing the profession of industrial design through education, information, community and advocacy. The conduit between industrial design and education, business, government and the public, IDSA is the knowledge source and voice for industrial designers.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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--  CEA Industry Forum
    October 16-18, 2006, San Francisco, CA

--  CES New York Press Preview
    November 8, 2006, New York, NY

--  CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of CES
    January 6, 2007, Las Vegas, NV

--  2007 International CES
    January 8-11, 2007, Las Vegas, NV

--  CEA 2007 Winter Technology & Standards Forum
    February 26-March 2, 2007, San Antonio, TX

--  CEA Winter Summit
    February 26-28, 2007, Vail, CO

--  EXH Spring 2007
    March 6-10, 2007, Orlando, FL

--  CEA Entertainment Technology & Policy Summit
    March 26-28, 2007, Washington, DC

--  The Digital Home Conference and Showcase
    May 1-3, 2007, Santa Clara, CA

--  2007 PARA Management conference
    May 16-20, 2007, Coronado, CA

--  2007 Consumer Electronics CEO Summit
    June 20-23, 2007, Santa Barbara, CA

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