CEA announces 2013 Innovation Awards winners

The Consumer Electronics Association kicked off the countdown to CES 2013 with the announcement of the Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award winners in New York City.

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Sony's full-frame compact camera is among the first wave of CEA Innovations Award winners for 2013. Lori Grunin/CNET

NEW YORK -- Believe it or not, the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is just eight weeks away. And that means it's time for the show's organizer, the Consumer Electronics Association, to begin drumming up excitement for the world's largest showcase of new gadgets and electronics. First up: the announcement today of the CEA's Best of Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award winners at the CES preview event in Manhattan.

The awards are given across 29 consumer electronics product categories, and include two new ones for 2013: "Accessible and Universal Design Technologies" and "Tech for a Better World."

"The CES Innovations Award highlights the robust innovation within the CE industry. Adding two new categories to the awards allows for more cutting-edge technologies to enter and be discovered," said Karen Chupka, CEA senior vice president, events and conferences, in a prepared statement. "This year's honorees have creative products with impressive design and engineering expertise. We look forward to seeing all these products at the 2013 International CES."

While this early slate of Innovations winners focuses mostly on current products, an expanded list of awards is usually announced on the eve of CES, which runs during the week of January 6, 2013, in Las Vegas.

For 2013, the CEA's Best of Innovations nominees are as follows:

Computer Hardware & Components: Moneual Touch Table PC

Digital Imaging: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full-frame compact camera

Gaming Hardware & Accessories: Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.7 Professional Gaming Keyboard

Headphones: Sennheiser IE800 in-ear canal headphones

High Performance Home Audio: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 AirPlay speaker

In-Vehicle Accessories: Sony XAV-701HD Smartphone Connected AV Receiver

In-Vehicle Audio/Video: Phoenix Gold ACX600.5 5-channel amplifier

Personal Electronics: Apex HD+ Wi-Fi Snow Goggle by Liquid Image Co. LLC

Home Appliances: Belkin WeMo Baby baby monitor

Home Audio/Video Components: Harman/Kardon BDS 577 Blu-ray player/receiver

Integrated Home Systems & Multi-Room Audio/Video GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution

Software & Mobile Apps: Sculpteo 3DPCase 3D-printed iPhone case

Tech For A Better World: SpareOne emergency cell phone by XPAL Power Inc.

Video Displays: LG 84LM9600 Ultra-High Definition Cinema 3D Smart TV

Wireless Handset Accessories: Vuzix Smartglass

Wireless Handsets: Gspot by Gopod Group Limited

Accessible and Universal Design: Moneual Smart Care System for Hearing-Impaired Person

Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies: Switch Lighting 3-Way LED bulb

In addition to the "Best of" winners, listed below, the full list of honorees across all categories can be found at the CEA Web site.

CNET will have comprehensive coverage of CES 2013 in January.

Update (November 13, 2012, 10:49 a.m. PT): The LG TV and BeoPlay speaker, omitted from the original list we received from the CEA, have now been added, along with a link to the full list of winners.