Samsung Electronics received seven awards at International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2012, one of the world’s most prestigious design contests, organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America. The IDEA 2012 awards ceremony will be held in Boston, US on August 18, 2012.
The seven awards include four gold awards, two silver awards and one bronze award in the enterprise category. Saving most of the Gold awards for tomorrow, we’ll first talk about the popular consumer products that won today. Check after the break to see what the designs were all about.
Gold – One-Burner Portable Induction Hob CTN431SC01
The CTN431SC01 is a compact one-burner induction hob. Its portability and easy-to-use interface let users enjoy and share the fun of cooking and eating with friends and family inside or out. And its soft rounded shapes, recessed controls and translucent body generate a harmonious aesthetic—no clunky dials and no unsightly seams. With five different available colors, home cooks will be able to select the perfect cook top to match any kitchen décor.
The CTN431SC01 was designed with the intent of providing leisure to people who lead busy lives. The portability of the induction hob is central to its convenience. Slim, ergonomically smooth lines were used for the design in consideration of portability and mobility. The eco-friendly induction technology is highly efficient, saving energy, and can be easily used anywhere, anytime without any discharge of harmful gases.
Based on a user-centered design and eco-friendly technologies, the design of the CTN431SC01 minimized all unnecessary elements to increase usability. Aesthetic elements were maximized to produce a simple exterior that strikes harmony with the surrounding environment no matter where it is placed. When in off mode, the CTN431SC01 demurely stands on any countertop or cook surface. When turned on, the subtle illumination scheme highlights the controls while still maintaining its simple elegance.
The ergonomically shaped base sits comfortably in the hand as users cup the base when adjusting the controls. The recessed touch-wheel control places the highest priority on convenience, letting users intuitively choose the burner power level by easily gliding their fingers around the recessed dial. When interacting with the controls, the glass surface offers a pleasing tactile experience. This glossy surface also repels food stains and is easy to clean. The bottom parting line was designed for cooking safety; it prevents internal water leaks and enables easy product repair.
Silver – Notebook PC, Series 9 – 900X (2012)
One Silver award was presented to the 'Series 9’, which is an ultra-slim, ultra-lightweight notebook that measures only 12.9 millimeters, nevertheless shows great battery life and showcases refined beauty. The elegant curves emphasize the thinness of the product while unique hinge structure provides durability along with an intriguing, seamless profile when the screen is closed. The finishing on both the shell and sides finish off the solid, premium character.
Silver – NX200
Another Silver went to the 'NX200', a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. It is housed in real metal, which enhances its sophisticated, professional look. The top cover, in particular, is finished with aluminum alloy forging to achieve a solid, durable look not obtainable through other methods. With attention to such details as the read mode dial or the grip, the design focused on professional performance. The innovative i-Functions add to the interactive, responsive experience.
Bronze – 2012 SB970 PLS Monitor
Bronze-winner ‘SB970’ is a high end monitor with a PLS(Plane-to-Line-Switching) panel that assures great picture quality and a wide viewing angle. On the front, emphasis was placed on the clean, neat image of glass and metal and the purity of the materials in order to highlight the screen’s functions. All unnecessary elements were removed from the rear to achieve the most basic form while retaining all the functions that a monitor is expected to provide.
In the next story, we will talk about our Digital x-Ray which won 3 of our 4 gold awards.
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