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The 2002 Innovations awards honorees were recently announced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) with many products spotlighting the advances in digital technology, wireless communications and gaming. Innovations 2002 is sponsored by CEA and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). This awards program gives manufacturers and developers an opportunity to have their products judged by a preeminent panel of independent journalists, designers and engineers. Honored products will be on display in the Las Vegas Hilton during the 2002 International CES, held in Las Vegas, Nev., January 8-11, 2002. As the most widely renowned consumer technology awards program, Innovations 2002 recognizes the

Springing Forward After Slow WinterBy Markkus RovitoORLANDO, Fla.—Most NATM Buying Corp. members and executives maintained an attitude of cautious optimism for 2001 at the group's annual meeting held last month. Although NATM Executive Director Bill Trawick called CE sales figures in January and February "not exciting," NATM expects another year of growth, with sales bouncing back in the second half of the year. (Note: After the NATM meeting, major stock indexes fell to their lowest levels in more than two years for the week ended March 16.) In order to weather the storm, NATM said its members would work on increasing efficiency in

By Grant Clauser Once again, digital products seemed to steal the limelight at the annual Photo Marketing Association show held this year in Las Vegas, Nev. The crowds were abuzz with phrases like megapixel, CCD and Carl Zeiss. Despite a year of high returns for digital cameras, manufacturers didn't need sequined dancers and celebrity appearance to attract attention at their booths. But it didn't hurt either. Several manufacturers touted two megapixel CCD sensors that can capture an image at about 1600 x 1200 resolutions. Other news included some high-res low-priced models and a variety of ease of use features. One of the long-running problems with digital camera has been

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