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CES Best of Innovations Awards: 6 Winners for CE Pros

Of the 23 CES Innovations winners, most were gadgets, but a handful have relevance for custom installers: glass speakers, wireless audio, transparent fiber, home control and more.

Julie Jacobson · November 17, 2009

CES has announced its Best of Innovations winners. Among the 23 winners, most were gadgets for vehicles and personal use—six winners in all for vehicle accessories alone (Read: CES Innovations: A Nod to Trinkets, A Blow to Custom).

But a handful of winners have relevance to CE pros. They are:

Category: Audio Accessories
Company: Crystal Cable BV
Product: Arabesque by Crystal Cable


Top high-end loudspeakers made of natural glass. The beauty of transparency in look and sound with the addition of visible high tech components make it a breakthrough in audio design.


Category: High Performance Audio

Company: Definitive Technology
Ultra-thin on-wall speaker Mythos XTR-50 (Model: XTR-50)


The XTR-50 is a 1-1/2"deep on-wall L/C/R speaker utilizing dynamic drivers for superior performance. Merely 1-1/2” (38mm) deep the XTR-50 is the perfect performance complement for today’s ultra thin LED-TVs.


Category: Integrated Home Systems
Company: Control4
Product: Control4 Operating System 2.0 (C4-OS-2.0)


Control4’s OS 2.0 enables new levels of customization and personalization for the homeowner. Offering home-control functionality, easy-to-access whole-home systems, integration of 3rd party applications, and improved media management


Category: Home Theater Speakers
CompanyGenesis Advanced Technologies
Product: Genesis 7.1f


High-end audiophile loudspeaker with full-range musical performance from a small-footprint svelte and elegant enclosure. Built-in servo-controlled subwoofer delivers accurate bass to 22Hz. Ribbon tweeter ensures perfect high frequencies to 36kHz


Category: Computer Accessories
Company: IntelliTouch
Product: EOS Converge System
Design by: Spindel Design


Eos Converge is a digital wireless multi-room audio system that brings music from your computer, home audio system or virtually any other music source, into every room of your house.


Category: Video Accessories
Company: OWLink Technology, Inc.
Product: HDMI Clear Optical (HCO) Cable (HCO-150)


HCO Cable transmits HDMI 1.3 signals in a clear fiber up to 150 feet without signal degradation. Substantially simplifying A/V installation, our cable marks a top choice for DIY consumers.


Click for the complete list of CES Best of Innovations Winners (23 winners) and Honorees (36 categories)

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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