Arlington, Va., September 14, 2004 - Entries for Innovations 2005, the consumer technology design and engineering awards program sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), will be accepted beginning September 13 through October 4.

Since 1989, the Innovations awards program has given manufacturers and developers an opportunity to have their products judged by a preeminent panel of journalists, designers and engineers, with the winning products showcased at the 2005 International CES - the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow - January 6 -9, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As the most widely renowned consumer technology awards program, Innovations 2005 recognizes the best designed and engineered products in the categories of:

* Accessories
* Assistive Technologies
* Audio
* Audio Components
* Computer Accessories
* Computer Hardware
* Digital Displays
* Digital Imaging
* Eco Design
* Electronic Gaming
* High Performance Audio
* Home Appliances
* Home Data Networking
* Home Theater
* Integrated Home Systems
* Mobile/Vehicle Electronics Audio/Video
* Mobile/Vehicle Electronics Navigation, Safety, and Security
* Online/Internet
* Personal Electronics
* Portable Power
* Retailing CE Accessories
* Retail Resources
* Satellite Systems
* Small Office/Home Office
* Software/Embedded Technologies
* Telephones
* Video Components
* Wireless Communications

Now in its eighth year, the 2005 Best of Innovations award is given to the most highly honored products in their category. The Best of Innovations honorees will be announced November 10, 2004 at a pre -CES press conference at the Time Warner Center in New York. Honorees also are highlighted throughout the Innovations 2005 promotional materials and will be previewed in a special display in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) during the 2005 International CES. All honoree products will be featured in the Innovations display showcase in the CES Central Plaza of the LVCC, along with live product demonstrations by selected award -winners in the new Innovations Plus pavilion in the CES Central Plaza of the LVCC.

At the 2005 International CES, media and analysts will get a sneak peek at the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase honorees and the 2005 International CES product debuts. During CES Unveiled: the Official Press Event of the International CES, media and analysts will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while checking out tabletop demonstrations and networking with Innovations honorees and CES exhibitors. Only credentialed media and analysts are allowed to attend this exclusive event sponsored. Interested exhibitors for the press event should contact Ryan Strowger of CEA at 703 -907 -7679 or e -mail:

Innovations is open anyone who wishes to enter, regardless of whether they are exhibiting at CES. To submit products for Innovations 2005, review last year's winners or register for the show, log onto

Note to Journalists: Detailed press conference information will be available later this year. Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Tuesday, January 4, 2005 to take advantage of all the CES press conferences and events. CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES will run January 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room S226, across the hallway from the CES Press Room. A list of press room hours and services is posted at

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 1,700 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $90 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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