COMPUTEX d&i awards 2012 - Taipei, Taiwan

COMPUTEX d&i awards 2012

The winners of the COMPUTEX d&i awards 2012 were officially honored in an Awards Ceremony— five Gold Awards were presented to the most outstanding prize winners of the competition

Press release text by iF International Forum Design, Hannover, Germany

Taipei, 4 / 5 June 2012

On 5 June 2012, during the official Opening Ceremony of COMPUTEX TAIPEI (5 to 9 June), the five Gold Award winners of the COMPUTEX d&i awards 2012 proudly accepted their trophies. All in all, there were 44 winning entries in this year’s competition for the award honoring exceptional innovation and design achievement. The judges evaluated a total of 205 submissions from 7 different countries (2011: 179 entries from 6 countries).

Manufacturers, designers, sales representatives, importers and specialist retailers from Singapore, China, the USA, Thailand, Australia, Israel and Taiwan took part in the competition, which was hosted by TAITRA and iF for the fifth time. The COMPUTEX d&i awards were organized and carried out by the iF Branch Office Taiwan.

The judging team, made up of Dan Formosa, Smart Design (USA), Kris Verstockt, Cre8 Design (Taiwan), Marcus Solomon, XD Design (Taiwan), Roger Lin, Nova Design (Taiwan) and Shigenori Asakura, GK Design Group (Japan), evaluated entries in the following seven categories: 01. WiMAX + Network Communication Products, 02. Components + Parts, 03. Computers + Systems, 04. Data Storage Products, 05. Displays + Digital Audio/Video Products, 06. Peripherals + Accessories and 07. Gaming + Entertainment Products.

Award winners: This year, the experts rated a total of 205 products from seven countries— 44 were honored with the COMPUTEX d&i award 2012. The following five entries received a COMPUTEX Gold Award.

The five Gold Award Winners of the COMPUTEX d&i awards 2012:

1.
Entry ID: 101702
Product: Inhon A11U Ultrabook | Notebook
Category: Computer + Systems
Company: Inhon International Computer Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan
Design: Inhon International Computer Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan

Inhon A11U Ultrabook Notebook Inhon International Computer Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan
Inhon A11U Ultrabook, Notebook by Inhon International Computer Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan.

Jury’s Opinion: “The first impression of the Ultrabook was minimalism and a nice overall mixture of material finish (real carbon fiber), functionality (lightness and strength) and design for simplicity and aesthetics. It’s nice to see a product that is not all bells and whistles.”

Inhon A11U Ultrabook, Notebook by Inhon International Computer Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan.
Inhon A11U Ultrabook, Notebook by Inhon International Computer Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan.

2.
Entry ID: 101841
Product: SI-38 | Digital Signage System
Category: Computer + Systems
Company: IBASE Technology Inc., Taipei, Taiwan
Design: IBASE Technology Inc., Taipei, Taiwan

SI-38 Digital Signage System IBASE Technology
SI-38, Digital Signage System, IBASE Technology Inc., Taipei, Taiwan.

Jury’s Opinion: “The entire jury, myself included, was happy to see design attention being paid to this quite utilitarian back-room product. The design team responsible realized that attention to design would help communicate a point of view that this company cares about its users. The design was quite well executed.”

3.
Entry ID: 102020
Product: HTC Portable Speaker | Bluetooth Conference Speaker
Category: Displays + Digital Audio/Video Products
Company: HTC, Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Design: HTC, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

HTC Portable Speaker Bluetooth Conference Speaker
HTC Portable Speaker, Bluetooth Conference Speaker.

Jury’s Opinion: “The HTC Portable Speaker does something so fundamentally right where many reputable companies fail. This extension to the core HTC product line manages to enhance the company’s brand image rather than taking away from it. Where others decide to cost down their accessories, this unit uses a combination of premium materials, high-end hinging structures and lighting to create a truly [exciting] user experience. You simply can’t wait to ‘activate’ this cool device by deploying the spring loaded pop-up power key.”

HTC Portable Speaker Bluetooth Conference Speaker.
HTC Portable Speaker, Bluetooth Conference Speaker.

4.
Entry ID: 101709
Product: Level 10 M Mouse | PC Gaming Gear
Category: Peripherals + Accessories
Company: Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd, Taipei City, Taiwan
Design: BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Munich, Germany

Level 10 M Mouse, PC Gaming Gear, Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd BMW Group DesignworksUSA
Level 10 M Mouse, PC Gaming Gear, Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd, Taipei City, Taiwan. Design: BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Munich, Germany.

Jury’s Opinion: “The seemingly gaming design creates a form and aesthetics that transcend the gaming concept when you look at it from the point of view of operation and function. What a surprise!”

Level 10 M Mouse, PC Gaming Gear, Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd BMW Group DesignworksUSA
Level 10 M Mouse, PC Gaming Gear, Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd, Taipei City, Taiwan. Design: BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Munich, Germany.

5.
Entry ID: 101937
Product: Magic Cable Trio | 3-in-1 Charge and Sync Cable
Category: Peripherals + Accessories
Company: Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL, Samutprakarn, Thailand
Design: Orcadesign Consultants Pte Ltd., Singapore Innergie / Thailand

Magic Cable Trio, 3-in-1 Charge and Sync Cable, Delta Electronics (Thailand)
Magic Cable Trio, 3-in-1 Charge and Sync Cable, Delta Electronics (Thailand). Design: Orcadesign Consultants.

Jury’s Opinion: “The solution responding to user needs for connecting, not parallel but vertically, with many different types of connectors deserves a top rating. The simple, compact composition of the product, which tends to become complex and bulky when a movable part is added, should be highly commended.”

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