The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today its 2012 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees. The International CES Innovations Awards honor outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories, including two new trend-focused categories: Tablets, e-Readers, & Netbooks, and Software & Mobile Apps.

“We saw a ten percent increase in Innovations Award entries this year, which highlights the honor and prestige associated with these awards and the robust innovation within the CE industry,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “We congratulate all finalists for their design and engineering expertise.”

The Best of Innovations honor is awarded to the products with the highest judges’ scores and will be featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the 2012 International CES. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: the Official Press Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 8 in the Venetian Ballroom of the Venetian. The 2012 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow is scheduled to run January 10-13, 2012.

Entries for The Best of Innovations are judged on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace.

The Best of Innovations Honorees for 2012 are: Computer Accessories
Calisto 835
Digital Imaging
Lytro Light Field Camera

Eco-Design & Sustainable Technologies
Nest Labs
Nest Learning Thermostat
Gaming Hardware & Accessories
Razer Blade
Sonomax Technologies, Inc.
eers™ Custom-Fitted Earphones
Health & Wellness
Basis Band

High Performance Home Audio
Home Networking

Home Theater Speakers
Reality Design Pty Ltd
Integrated Home Systems
2D2C, Inc.
SafePlug Electrical Receptacles

Major Home Appliances
LG Electronics USA
Refrigerator with Blast Chiller Technology
Personal Electronics
Libratone Live

Portable Multimedia Accessories
Kitchen Cabinet Mount
Portable Power
Audiovox Corporation
RCA USB Wall Plate Charger

NEW! Software & Mobile Apps
Ford Motor Company
MyFord Mobile
NEW! Tablets, E-Readers & Netbooks
Sony Tablet S1

Wireless Handsets
HTC Amaze 4G

For more information on the Innovations Design and Engineering awards, including photos and description of all honorees, visit