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2009 DIMA Innovative Digital Product and Vision awards

Of the hundreds of digital imaging products on display at PMA 09, 17 have been selected by a panel of editors to receive the Innovative Digital Product Award. The award in the digital camera category has been awarded to Fujifilm for its FinePix F200EXR digital camera. The F200EXR debuts Fujifilm's new Super CCD EXR technology and offers an innovative feature set including selectable sensor modes that can capture the ultimate image quality in 3 ways: high sensitivity / low noise, wide dynamic range and high resolution...


Visit DIMAcast - the official DIMA podcast websiteDIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards recognize products or services utilizing new technologies and/or applications that make the product either distinct or the first of its kind. Also, the product or service must be available within 90 days of PMA 09 to qualify for the DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award.

Those products and services that are not intended for release within 90 days are eligible for the new DIMA Vision Award. Two products have been awarded the DIMA Vision Award for 2009, showing innovative thinking in pushing technology to advance the digital imaging industry.

PMA 09 exhibitors were asked to submit entries and digital photos for their products/services by Jan. 16, 2009, to allow a panel of industry press to evaluate the products and services for the DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards. All entries were evaluated based on the following questions:

Why is this product/service considered innovative?
What sets this product/service apart from its competitors?
How does this product/service benefit its user?

DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award Winners

The descriptions below feature excerpts from the winning company's entries. Companies honored for their innovative digital products, in alphabetical order by company, are:

Fat Gecko
Delkin's Camera Mount is a revolutionary new camera mounting kit designed for use in motorsports of all categories. It's strong enough to remain securely in place, rugged enough to hold an expensive camera, and light enough to go un-noticed while in use. With its universal tripod mount, suction cup and handlebar attachments, the Delkin Camera Mount can be used with any camera and on any surface.  
Finally, the leash that tethered your camera to a GPS is no longer needed for geotagging. Our tiny Unleashed module sits directly on the camera*, connected wirelessly to any Bluetooth GPS receiver, which can be kept in your pocket or backpack. It passes the GPS data on to the camera and the current location is embedded in your photo's EXIF data immediately. No additional steps are required at your computer.  
*Currently pro/prosumer DSLRs by Nikon are compatible.

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR digital camera
Fujifilm's FinePix F200EXR is the first digital camera that debuts Fujifilm's new Super CCD EXR technology. In addition to the 12 megapixel, 1/1.6-inch Super CCD EXR, and completely redesigned EXR Processor, the FinePix F200EXR has a rich feature set including selectable sensor modes that can capture the ultimate image quality in three distinctive ways: high sensitivity and low noise, delivering high ISO sensitivity with extremely low noise for low-light environments; wide dynamic range, simultaneously captures two images to produce a single image for the highest level of detail; and high resolution, maximizing full 12 megapixel resolution for the sharpest, clearest images. Camera features also include a powerful Fujinon 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens and the most powerful face detection technology on the market, face detection 3.0, with auto red-eye removal. On top of this, the FinePix F200EXR offers five film simulation modes, a 3-inch (high-resolution, 230,000-dot) wide-view LCD, HD photo output, dual image stabilization, and sensitivity up to ISO 12800 (3-million-pixel only).  
HP iPrint Photo
HP iPrint Photo is the first photo printing application of its kind. It allows for quick and easy printing of 4-by-6-inch photos from an iPhone or iPod Touch to most HP inkjet printers connected to a local Wi-Fi network. HP iPrint Photo is fully compatible with Apple's Bonjour technology and features the innovative multi-touch interface for the easiest and fastest wireless iPhone or iPod Touch print experience.  
HP Photo Center 4.0
HP Photo Center 4.0 is the newest version of the award-winning HP Photo Center solutions. It helps retailers grow revenue with high-quality, high-margin photo products, and makes it easier for consumers to enjoy and share digital photos. The HP Photo Center expands retail business with high-margin, high-value photo products that can be created in-store in minutes. In addition to vibrant, lab-quality photos, consumers can easily produce professional-looking photo creations such as photo books, calendars, greeting cards, posters, and more within a one-hour service environment. The entire HP Photo Center solution takes a challenged category and turns it into a new, vigorous, profit-centered category.  
HiTi Wireless Foto Transmitter (WFT510)
WFT510 is a wireless photo transmitter. With its unique design, WFT510 can support varied digital cameras with PictBridge connection. The WFT510 lets users wirelessly send images from any PictBridge compatible digital camera to a photo printer with functioning FTP server (802.11b/g compatible). By communicating with the wireless photo printer, WFT510 enables photographers to do instant printing without removing the USB cable (link-print mode) or memory cards from their digital cameras. High compatibility of WFT510 makes more camera users experience the convenience of wireless transmission. A photographer is free to move around while taking photos and in only three steps they can complete the whole process from shooting to printing. After a photo shoot, the only thing needed to do is click the switch button, select desired photos to print, and then send them the printer.  
Lucidiom APM 7.0
Lucidiom APM 7.0 is the latest version of the company's award-winning kiosk software. In version 7.0, Lucidiom has further integrated in-store and online operations allowing consumers to instantly upload photos from the APM to their personalized Photo Finale Web Account for online storage and sharing. As an up-sell option, in-store uploads provide an immediate new revenue stream for stores, as well as driving future online revenue by promoting social picturing and making online sharing and re-ordering more convenient. This reduces the frustration consumers face at home with long upload times and difficulties getting photos from their cameras onto their computer.  
Lucidiom EQ Coordinated Social Expression Products & Service
Lucidiom EQ, the complete imaging solution, now offers a full line of coordinated custom photo products. For example, when a consumer orders the "Happy Birthday" photo wrapping paper, they will be offered a matching birthday card and envelope to go along with the wrapping paper when they order a photo book, they'll be offered a dust jacket to complement the book. Products include gift wrap, note cards, folded cards, invitations, banners, posters, photo books and covers, proof books, notepads, and envelopes. These coordinating products are suggested directly to the consumer by the kiosk software based on the initial product and design that has been selected. This ensures that consumers don't miss a hot product and retailers don't miss a perfect sales opportunity.  
Lucidiom EQ Scene Me
Lucidiom Inc. has developed a unique white screen technology, similar to the green screen used in the movie industry, for the APM kiosk that allows consumers to put themselves in a variety of scenes. For instance, a consumer visiting a Lucidiom kiosk will be able to create their very own custom comic strip; they can place their child's photo within a licensed Marvel Comics scene; stand them next to Hannah Montana on stage; place them with Lightning McQueen on a racetrack; have then join Ariel under the sea; have them appear with a holiday character like the Easter Bunny; or they can be on location in front of the Capitol or Eiffel Tower. The possibilities depend on the content the retailer offers. The consumer can bring in their own photo or have one taken on-site in front of a white background, such as a plain wall or the passport screens that most photofinishers have.
Meteor DP20®
The Meteor DP20 is the industry's first all-inclusive digital photo press. The unit's streamlined four-in-one capabilities allow users to duplex print, laminate, crease, and cut in just one pass, with all functions fully automated. The 100 percent digital Meteor DP20 uses an environmentally-friendly dry process (no water or chemicals to drain, no film required) and can accommodate most off-the-shelf papers up to 12-by-18-inches (book cover mode accepts sheets up to 12-by-35-inches) and up to 95 lb. (250 gsm). Full variable data capabilities allow for easy personalization, including unique text, photos, and many others which are easily integrated with photo-realistic prints up to 1800 dpi.  
Pandigital PhotoLink Scanner
The Pandigital PhotoLink Scanner is a scanner like no other. It gives consumers an easy way to transfer digital images into digital photo frames, PCs, and laptops. It was designed to be incredibly easy to use, scanning images onto a memory card with the touch of a single button.  
RocketLife Mobile
RocketLife Mobile will revolutionize the way people share experiences, from non-revenue generating photo-sharing sites to leveraging everyday devices and tools to generate revenue and grow business, at all touch-points of the value chain (retailer, reseller, fulfillment partner, etc.).  
RocketLife Touch
RocketLife Touch is an exciting new RocketLife product utilizing patent-pending features such as Smart Arrangement Technology, 3-D Digital Merchandising, ultra-fast importing of hundreds of photos, and amazing multi-layer themes with new enhancements to create the next generation of touch-screen experience.  
Samsung HMX-H106
Samsung's full-HD HMX-H106 is the world's first digital camcorder to feature a built-in Solid State Drive (SSD). Offering 64GB of flash memory, the HMX-H106 is currently the industry's highest capacity, flash based digital camcorder, allowing users to record an unprecedented 12 hours of full-HD resolution directly to the camcorder's internal memory. The HMX-H106 is also highlighted by a unique, stylish design, as well as a host of high-performance features, including a 37mm wide-angle, Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens, and Samsung's new optical image stabilizer to help reduce the blur found in footage as a result of vibrations and shaky hands. Combined with the camcorder's sensitive CMOS sensor, the Schneider lens helps produce remarkably clear and sharp video with accurate color reproduction, and an HDMI connection allows consumers to enjoy their 1080P content on an HDTV.  
Photos N Sounds
Photos N Sounds is the first photo book which will allow anyone to simply record a personalized voice message; Unibind will again set a new standard in the industry. Photos N Sounds will offer a recordable version and a prerecorded version with the option of prerecorded songs (Christmas, Happy Birthday, etc.). How does the recordable version work? Simply press and hold the record button, record your personal message, and when satisfied, you may remove the happy tab and make your recording permanent. The Patent Pending Technology comes with replaceable batteries and is available in a variety of color and size options.  
Xerox 700 Digital Color Press
The Xerox 700 Digital Color Press delivers robust production features such as coated paper handling, heavyweight media support, and feeding and finishing options at an entry-level price. It brings productivity, excellent print quality, and flexibility to photo labs or retailers looking to adopt digital technology or expand their digital photo book printing business. The press prints at 70 pages per minute in color or black-and- white.  
Xerox FreeFlow Automation Tool
Xerox FreeFlow Automation Tool software automates the printing of photo specialty products widely used in the photo publishing market. It facilitates and automates the production of greeting cards, books, and calendars in the photo specialty genre, saving the end user substantial time and money. With this tool, Xerox has enabled industry software solutions like DigiLabs, and others, to automate the back office printing of photo press products.  

2009 DIMA Vision Award Winners

Companies honored for their digital products with a DIMA Vision Award, in alphabetical order by company, are:

DNP Photo Imaging America Corp. has developed TomoMT a prototype photo printing application for the Microsoft Surface™ computing platform. Utilizing the multi-touch surface computing interface, TomoMT lets users select, organize, edit, and print digital images. Multiple users can simultaneously touch and interact with their digital images without a mouse, keyboard, or traditional touch screen. Finished orders print using DNP's NexLabT dry minilab system.  
Noritsu D502 Duplex Inkjet Printer
The Noritsu D502 is a new double-sided inkjet printer designed to produce a wide array of retail photo products. The D502 makes it easy to create greeting cards, calendars, posters, signs, scrapbooks, banners, enlargements, and photo books, generating exciting new revenue opportunities for retailers. The D502 provides exceptional value with its ability to produce both traditional photo prints and a variety of photo gifting products. Retailers can create different sized prints (4-by-6 inches, 4-by-8 inches, 5-by-7 inches, and 8-by-10 inches) in glossy and semi-glossy finishes, as well as photo books (6-by-6 inches, 8-by-8 inches, and 10-by-8 inches). Pre-scored greeting card stock in 4-by-8-inches and 10-by-8-inches is also available.

Additional information: Visit DIMAcast - the official DIMA podcast website
March 3, 2009
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