The 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show doesn't begin in earnest until Thursday morning. But Las Vegas is already running at full tilt with press conferences, big announcements and even a number of items that have been awarded "Best in Show" honors.
The press Tuesday was shown a number of very special items to be displayed at the show. They are the honorees for the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards which are selected by a panel of independent industry designers, engineers and journalists.
The awards run the gamut from auto accessories, audio components, computer hardware and peripherals to eco design and sustainable technologies, health and wellness, integrated home systems, portable power and even video displays. We got to get close-up looks at some of the winners.
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive:
Optimized for safeguarding essential data while on-the-go, the Lenovo ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive offers high-level 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard security within a slim and easy-to-use design. You can plug it into any computer, but until you punch in your password your computer won't even know it's there.HP TouchSmart Desktop PC:
It's a next-generation, touch-enabled all-in-one desktop PC that combines a 22-inch high-definition widescreen with a powerful energy efficient processor and Hewlett-Packard
It's a whole-home and device-level energy management solution, providing energy usage awareness, monitoring, and management, both locally and remotely, benefiting consumers and service providers worldwide.
Psyko Audio Labs 5.1 Headphones:
The headphones use what the company terms a "revolutionary directional audio technology" that accurately reproduces 3D surround sound. The technology reproduces the user's natural way of hearing to ensure accurate audio reproduction. I can't wait to hear these in a home setting.