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Panasonic Wins CEA Awards
Jan 2, 2003
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Panasonic has announced that it leads the industry in the Consumer Electronics Association's Innovations 2003 awards program with combined winners and honorees in the most categories, including the new Accessibility category.

The competition, which operates in conjunction with the 2003 International CES, recognizes products that exhibit excellence in design and engineering. Product evaluations are based on innovation, value, aesthetics, and contribution to the quality of life. The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) acts an advisor for the annual awards.

The following award-winning Panasonic products will be displayed in the Innovations 2003 Design and Engineering Showcase at the Las Vegas Hilton, Jan. 9-12, 2003:

"Best of Innovations" Winners:

  • Home Data Networking Category: The Panasonic KX-HGW600 Network Camera Management System with Concourse Home Gateway(TM) Router features wireless networking capability with an integrated wireless access point, shared broadband Internet access, Internet security, and shared resources among computers, without complicated connections and expensive rewiring of homes or workplaces. Used with one or more Panasonic network cameras, the KX-HGW600 also functions as the command center for a monitoring system.

  • Office Equipment Category: KX-FPG371 Compact Plain Paper Fax Machine with 2.4GHz Digital Cordless Telephone and Digital Answering System features copier function and Caller ID and Caller IQ compatibility.

    Innovations 2003 Honorees:

  • Accessibility Category: The KX-TG2258S digital cordless telephone features a number of innovative technologies for people who are hearing-impaired, including Talking Caller ID, which is capable of phonetically speaking names received by the Caller ID, and Panasonic's exclusive Voice Enhancer Technology to enhance the whole spectrum of the human voice for improved audibility.

  • Audio Category: The SA-XR10 is the first fully digital receiver. It processes everything from input to output in the digital domain, resulting in a new dimension of sound quality. It is DVD-Audio ready and features Dolby Pro Logic II, and six channel inputs.

  • Audio Category: Using an SD Memory Card instead of the traditional hard drive, the Technics SX-KN7000 keyboard boldly creates a new standard for recording or playing MIDI files and more. Via the included USB port, the SX-KN7000 can also be connected to a PC using any MIDI sequencing software; record digital audio or burn an audio CD of a final mix on a PC.

  • Digital Imaging Category: Panasonic Lumix(TM) 4.0-mega-pixel DMC-LC40 digital still camera with Leica lens features a built-in USB port and SD Memory Card slot for networking versatility with PCs and a wide variety of compatible SD-enabled devices.

  • Home Data Networking Category: The Panasonic KX-HMC270 wireless network camera requires no direct PC connection and allows users to view its images remotely via the Internet or from a network-connected computer.

  • Mobile Electronics Category: The Panasonic CR-SRF100 Sirius Satellite Radio Controller/Modulator connects to most car audio systems through an existing FM tuner, enabling those vehicles with an FM radio to receive Sirius Satellite Radio's commercial-free broadcast of 100-channels of music, sports and news programming.

  • Mobile Electronics Category: The CQ-VAD9200U in-dash mobile entertainment system includes an in-dash DVD player, 7-inch 16:9 widescreen color LCD monitor, radio tuner and TV tuner. It can also play back CDs, and MP3 files on CD-R and CD-RW discs. A 2-channel diversity antenna provides optimal TV reception, even in weak signal areas.

  • Personal Electronics Category: Panasonic's e-wear(TM) SV-AV10 4-in-1 A/V SD recorder with a flip-out, 2-inch LCD screen can play back MP3 and AAC audio, record and play back MPEG-4 video, capture and display digital still photos, and function as a voice recorder.

  • Video Category: Designed for maximum portability and easy operation, the PV-DC252 Ultra-Compact(TM) Digital Palmcorder(R) MultiCam(TM) digital camcorder combines two high-quality digital imaging products in one lightweight, ultra-compact package. It features Panasonic's PhotoShot(TM) built-in digital still camera feature to capture clear, crisp still shots that can be downloaded to a PC. An SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard slot adds the convenience of removable storage.

  • Video Category: The DMR-HS2 DVD/Hard Disk Recorder combines a DVD-RAM and DVD-R recorder with a 40GB hard disk drive. It features simultaneous record and play, automatic recording, on-disc editing, and PC card slot.

  • Video Category: The sleek DVD-LV65 PalmTheater(TM) portable DVD player can play back DVD-Video discs, video and audio CDs, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, and CD-R/-RW discs. It features a bright, freestyle 5-inch, LCD screen, built-in stereo speakers and a built-in battery recharger, which provides approximately 2.5 hours of playback time. Additionally, an SD Memory Card slot lets users enjoy a wide variety of stored media wherever they go.

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