November 09, 2011 at 09:00 AM EST
Andrea Electronics Named as CES Innovations 2012 Design & Engineering Award Honoree

Andrea Electronics Corporation (OTCBB: ANDR) today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its SuperBeam™ Buds. 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 32 product categories.

Andrea Electronics’ SuperBeam™ headsets completely change the perception of what a headset is by integrating a microphone into each earpiece to create a dual microphone array, which eliminates the need for a boom microphone. The SuperBeam system works with Andrea’s patented Adaptive Beam Forming technology to focus on the user’s voice while cancelling background noise for enhanced intelligibility when making VoIP calls, video chatting, multiplayer gaming or using speech recognition software.

Andrea Electronics SuperBeam™ headsets feature an in-line dedicated USB sound card which bypasses a computer’s built in sound system to ensure superior audio performance and compatibility. The headsets feature a ported transducer design for rich deep bass, clear midrange and sparking highs, and are the first to incorporate a separate microphone built into each earbud housing enabling “boom-free” audio pickup. The SuperBeam headsets can also be used to make stereo 3D surround recordings and are available in two models, SuperBeam™ Buds (SB-205 ear buds) and SuperBeam™ Phones (SB-405 on-ear headphones), which come in black or white and retail for $129.95 and $149.95, respectively. To use your SuperBeam™ headset on your smart phone, Andrea also offers a Mobile Adapter cable ($9.95).

“We are honored to receive this outstanding recognition from the CEA, and this exciting news demonstrates the level of innovation that embodies our new SuperBeam Buds,” said Douglas Andrea, president of Andrea Electronics Corporation. “Convenience and sound quality plays an important role when it comes to the consumer and enterprise customer, so our goal was to remove the boom microphone and create a product that offers the best sound quality available, with our noise cancelling technology, along with our unique patent pending audio capture feature, enabling 3D surround sound recording.”

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. The Best of Innovations honor is awarded to the products with the highest judges’ scores and will be featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the 2012 International CES.

Andrea Electronics’ SuperBeam Headsets will be displayed at the 2012 International CES, which runs January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: the Official Press Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 8 in the Venetian Ballroom of the Venetian.

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 marketplace

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

An American Innovator

The SuperBeam headsets are the latest innovation from Andrea Electronics, an American-owned business since 1934. In the early 50’s, Andrea was among the very first elite U.S. television manufacturers. In the 60’s the company designed the capsule’s intercom communication system used in the first manned Mercury space flight and military intercoms for F16 fighter jets and helicopters. In 1998 Andrea pioneered microphone array technology, which has become a standard for hands free VoIP communication embedding its advanced noise cancellation technology into millions of computers being produced by global manufactures such as Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), and HP (NYSE: HPQ).

About Andrea Electronics

Andrea Electronics Corporation designs, develops and manufactures audio technologies and equipment for enhancing applications requiring high performance quality voice input. The company's patented Digital Super Directional Array (DSDA™), patented PureAudio™ and patented EchoStop™ far-field microphone technologies enhance a wide range of audio products to eliminate background noise and ensure the optimum performance of voice applications. Visit Andrea Electronics' website at www.AndreaElectronics.com or call 1-800 442-7787.

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