DOVER, N.J., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc. announced today that it has been named as an International CES Innovations 2015 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its XW-J1 DJ Controller within the "Portable Media Players and Accessories" product category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.
Designed for DJs on-the-go, the XW-J1 is a highly-compatible, ultraportable all-in-one VJ/DJ controller with state-of-the-art features to mix music or create video mashups. The XW-J1 connects to a Mac with a USB cable or to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod device with a built-in 30-pin dock connector and features plug-and-play capability to instantly take control of the djay software or app. Musicians are ready to mix and scratch with no bothersome set-up procedure. The controller fully supports all djay platforms (Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone) and seamlessly integrates with iTunes so musicians can mix music from their iTunes library. This integration also provides musicians with hands-on browsing, easy in-track searching and the ability to save unique mixes directly in their iTunes library.
"The XW-J1 provides DJs with ideal functionality and is a perfect fit for individuals interested in creating their own music," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument Division. "We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to provide the music industry with innovative products."
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. It is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), the producer of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow.
Casio's XW-J1 DJ Controller will be displayed at the 2015 International CES, which runs January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category within the Sands West (Sands) at CES Tech West and will also be featured at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES on Sunday, January 4 at Mandalay Bay.
The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
- Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
- Aesthetic and design qualities
- The product's intended use/function and user value
- Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
- How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the market place
Products chosen as Innovations honorees reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include a single product with various technologies combined for the first time or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.
Innovations 2015 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.
The XW-J1 retails for an MSRP of $399.99 and is available online and at specialty music dealers nationwide. For more information on Casio's XW-J1 DJ Controller and full portfolio of electronic music instruments, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.
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