The Consumer Technology Association has announced the latest honourees that will be inducted into their 2016 Consumer Technology Hall of Fame.
That sees late Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi recognised in the Video Game Futurist category, who had been responsible for successfully transitioning the company from a playing-card creator into a games industry powerhouse.
The Consumer Technology Hall of Fame was created in 2000, paying tribute to those that have advanced innovation and who had once developed a foundation for the consumer technologies we enjoy today.
The inductees were chosen by a group of media and industry professionals, who judged nominations that were submitted by manufacturers, retailers and industry journalists. This year’s inductees are:
Visionary Retailer: Sidney Cooper – Silo
Father of Bluetooth: Dr. Jaap Haartsen – Ericsson
Prominent Distribution Pioneer: David B. Lorsch – DBL Distributing
Transformational Technologist: Chuck Pagano – ESPN
Legendary Journalist: Steve Smith – TWICE Magazine
Home Automation Developer: Joel Spira – Lutron
Pioneering Accessories Executive: Nat Tiffen – The Tiffen Company
Video Game Futurist: Hiroshi Yamauchi – Nintendo
Renowned GPS Developers: Norm Hunt, Ed Tuck, Don Rea – Magellan
Distinguished Digital HDTV Grand Alliance Leaders
Dr. Peter Bingham, Phillips Labs President;
Jim Carnes, Sarnoff Labs CEO;
Dr. Curt Crawford, AT&T Microelectronics President;
Dr. Jae Lim, MIT Professor;
Jerry Pearlman, Zenith Electronics CEO; and
Donald Rumsfeld, General Instrument CEO.
“The CT Hall of Fame celebrates our rich history of innovation,” comments CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. “This year’s class represents leaders who laid the cornerstones for many of today’s hottest products and trends – from immersive television delivered where and when we want, to the developer of the wireless Bluetooth standard that we rely on daily to exchange data over short distances.
“From a satellite-based navigation system to the early days of the smart home and video games, these leaders followed their visions creating, selling, distributing and promoting products that improve consumers’ lives.”
The 2016 honourees will be inducted into the 2016 Consumer Technology Hall of Fame in New York at an awards dinner held at the Rainbow Room on Wednesday 9th November 2016.