CEATEC Innovation Awards 2012

Ubergizmo’s co-founder (right) giving an Innovation Awards to a Sharp representative (left)

[CEATEC 2012] we’re at the zenith of the CEATEC Japan 2012 shows which is one of the largest electronics trade show in East Asia, as a panel of journalists gave the CEATEC Innovation Awards to exhibitors. Ubergizmo’s co-founder Hubert Nguyen is part of the journalist panel. Here are the winners for 2012:

The CEATEC Innovation Awards Grand Prix goes to NTT Docomo for their work on the Docomo Translation Appli (“appli” stands for “app” in Japan), which you can read more about in our previous DoCoMo coverage. The Docomo Translator also won the Software category.

In the Home Entertainment category, the winner is Sharp Corporation with their Moth Eye technology which greatly reduces the glare on tablet and smartphone displays.

In Electronics Components, Sharp wins again but this time with the IGZO technology which allows Sharp to produce ultra-dense LCD displays, including an amazing 6.1″ display which features a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution usually found in 30″ desktop displays. IGZO stands for “Indium gallium zinc oxide”.

In the Digital Imaging category, ROHM’s CIGS image sensor was selected because it allows the creation of see-through cameras that are much more power-efficient, small and cost effective than alternative solutions.

The Pioneer Corporation’s Appli Unit won the Computer and Networking category because it could redefine how in-car computing is done by merging in-dash systems with handheld devices.

Sharp came out with the world’s first 1080p 5″ LCD and won the innovation award in the Mobile Technology category. There is no way around it, visual information remains the most important from of information, and displays remain our primary interface to  most of the personal devices that we own.

The Nissan self-driving and overall very smart NSC-2015 car won the Transportation category because it takes auto computerization and services to a new level.

In the Health and Household category, Fujitsu Limited gets an award for its Phone Scam Detector which is a permanent shield against phone scams for the Japanese elderly. In the near term, 30% of Japan’s population will be older than 65, and there is a need to protect them from cyber criminals.

In the Smart Community category, Mitsubishi Electric won thanks to its Security Surveillance Solution.

And finally, the panel of judges proposed a User Interface special prize, which was won by Fujitsu Limited for their Visually-Aided computer controls (control a computer with one’s eyes).

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