2018 Electronic Industries Awards winners announced

By Lauren Davis
Thursday, 15 November, 2018

2018 Electronic Industries Awards winners announced

The 2018 Electronic Industries Awards (EIA) were presented at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), held from 13–16 October.

Organised by the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA) and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the awards seek to stimulate creative design and innovation within the electronics industry, as well as to recognise and reward exhibitors with outstanding performance. Products were judged by a panel including representatives from the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and HKTDC, as well as CEOs from leading electronics companies.

This year there were a total of 22 winners across 13 categories, including seven Gold Winners. According to the chief judge of the competition, HKEIA Secretary Dr Alan Lam, all Gold Winners were found to offer high-quality performance in terms of technology, product design, innovation, market value and social impact.

The Gold Winner in the Security Products category, and recipient of the EIA Product of the Year 2018, was the Intelligent Senior Housekeeper from Protronic, which seeks to provide a safer living environment for the elderly. The product includes a lightweight device and a number of sensors that can be configured around the home, where they learn the daily habits of their elderly users; in case of an accident, the system can notify the family and caregivers immediately. The system also includes a smart watch with communication, positioning and fall sensors, so if there is an accident when the wearer is out and about, the watch can send the relevant location information to the family and caregivers at once.

Other highlights are as follows:

  • Gold Winner — Digital Imaging: The Pano-S 8K 360° VR camera, from OMG Electronic, is capable of capturing 4K HD video and 8K Ultra clear pictures, using six cameras and Autopano stitching software to create high-quality panoramic images for professional VR photographers.
  • Gold Winner — Healthcare Electronics: The Electrical Muscle Stimulation Foot Massager, from Leading Industrial Corporation, can stimulate the user’s feet and calf muscles for contraction and release, boosting blood circulation and reducing swollen feet and ankles.
  • Gold Winner — In-Vehicle Electronics & Navigation Systems: The AR Head Up Display, from iView, offers projection-based viewing in vehicles as opposed to the conventional flat panel display system, providing a safe and pleasant driving experience.
  • Gold Winner — Start-ups: The aspara hydroponic smart vegetable grower, from Growgreen, allows consumers to grow their own vegetables without the need for soil or even an outdoor space, using only an intelligent LED light, an automating watering system and smart sensors to monitor water, humidity and nutrient levels.
  • Gold Winner — Virtual Reality: The Matterport Pro2 3D Camera, from room3, uses 4K photography to create 3D walkthroughs of real-world places, enabling customers to go on virtual tours (making it suitable for the real estate industry, for example).
  • Gold Winner — Components: The DragonFly Quad-Camera Sensor Module, from PerceptIn, enables visual perception for robots, making it suitable for applications including autonomous driving as well as search-and-rescue operations.

Image caption: The award-winning aspara hydroponic smart vegetable grower, from Growgreen. Image credit: Lauren Davis.

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