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30 Most Innovative Products of 2012

Jan 7, 2013 11:42 AM


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Last year we started the tradition of rounding up 30 innovative products that we saw through the course of the year. We decided then that innovation could mean a lot of things—from years of R&D to a stroke of inspiration. We try to demonstrate the range of innovations, acknowledging both mechanical innovations and electronic ones. This year, we were struck by the influence of interactivity and the overlap between users electronic lives and their work.

Some of the innovations we noticed this year are classic examples of improving the core quality of audio or video experiences; striving for clear pictures, great color, and beautiful sound is still a noble quest and one that requires all the passion and imagination of engineers. But AV gear is no longer confined to solving the challenges of signal quality, fidelity, image resolution, and intelligibility. There is so much more to be done. So we also acknowledged the innovation that is helping to expand our role in the end-user experience, whether that is in a corporate office, a school, or a church. Our engineers are still inventing ways to capture better quality experiences, but they are also engineering to create new experiences.

Not all these innovations are equivalently important, and it’s impossible to include everything that deserved mention. But with homage and appreciation to all the bold engineering going on out there, here are 30 products that caught our editors’ imaginations this year.

THIS YEAR’S PICKS

AMX Modero X Series Touchpanels

Aurora Multimedia DXE-CAT-S2 HDMI Extender

Barco ClickShare

Chief CMSI Ceiling-mount Interactive Accessory

Crestron UFO Waterproof Remote Control

Da-lite IDEA Screen

Epson EB-475Wi

Genelec SpeakerAngle

Interphase penveu

JBL VTX V25 Line Array

Jupiter Canvas

Key Digital Compass Control System

Mackie DLM Series Loudspeakers

Mackie DL1608 Mixer

Martin Audio MLA Compact

Middle Atlantic PowerCool System

Panasonic PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series

Planar PCT2785 Helium monitor

Planar Mosaic

Polycom RealPresence Mobile

Premier Mounts FPS-300 LCD Sliders

PreSonus Universal Control 1.7 with Integrated Rational Acoustics’ Smaart Measurement Technology

Revolabs FLX VoIP

Roland Systems Group M-200i

Samsung NL22B

Stewart Filmscreen Mystik

Tait Technologies Pixel Tablet

Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB

Yamaha CL-series consoles

Zigen ZIG-HAVEX HDMI Extender



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