Innovation Excellence Awards

Posted by Canstar Blue September 1st 2014

Innovation Excellence Award

Canstar Blue has always strived to empower consumers with knowledge; so that when they go to make a purchase, they’re well informed and can make the best decision possible. Our customer satisfaction ratings are one way in which we do this. Another, is our latest endevour: our Innovation Excellence Awards for both appliances and consumer electronics.

If you’d like more information about these awards, take a look at our Innovation Awards Introductions for both Australia and New Zealand.

We are now accepting applications for our latest Innovation Excellence Awards, for the Appliances category. Submit an application here (you will be taken to our Australian website).

Please note: Clicking on some of the below links will take you to our Australian website. You can find our Telecommunications, Appliance and Consumer Electronics award ratings by scrolling further down the page.

Our Automotive Award Winners (2015)

Mercedes Benz C-Class Touchpad: Innovation Award Winner

Mercedes Benz C-Class Touchpad

Touchscreens are an intuitive and universal identical input method, and Mercedes has taken full advantage of this technology in it’s C-Class fleet.

MyKey by Ford: Innovation Award Winner

MyKey by Ford

Ford’s MyKey allows parents to program car keys for their child that activate (or deactivate) certain settings: setting that can keep the child safe.

NUVIZ Ride, HUD: Innovation Award Winner


A Motorcycle HUD with GPS, real-time weather tracking, and more Bluetooth functionality is exactly the kind of thing that turns heads in our awards.

Subaru EyeSight: Innovation Award Winner

Subaru ‘EyeSight’ Safety Avoidance Systems

EyeSight can recognise potentially dangerous driving situations and alert the driver in time, and even activate the brakes in an emergency.

Volvo IntelliSafe: Innovation Award Winner

Volvo Active & Passive Safety Systems

Volvo’s passive safety systems are a big leap forward in keeping both drivers and pedestrians safe on the roads – hence, why it’s earned our award.

Our Telecommunication Award Winners (2015)

Jabra Sport Pulse Headphones: Innovation Award Winner

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones

Our award judges think the Jabra Sport Pulse headphones are a big leap forward for exercise accessories – all powered by the pulse in your inner ear.

Netgear Nighthawk X6: Innovation Award Winner

Netgear Nighthawk X6

The Nighthawk X6 router is a sleek offering for any modern household looking for an unimpeded WiFi signal when downloading, streaming, or browsing.

Our Appliance Award Winners (2014)

Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pump App

Mitsubishi Electric Wi-Fi Heat Pump Control App

Mitsubishi Electric has developed a smartphone app to help you take control of your heat pump, and this innovation has earned them one of our awards.

Bora Cooktop: Innovation Award Winner

BORA Basic Cooktop & Vapour Extractor

As if by magic, The BORA Basic cooktop sucks the vapour, steam, and smoke right from the pans you’re cooking from. It makes for some exciting kitchen ‘cinema’, and is a fine addition to our roster of Innovation Excellence Award winners.

Dimplex Fireplace: Innovation Award Winner

Opti-myst 3D Electric Fires by Dimplex

Many New Zealand homes need a warm hearth to heat up your hands at the end of a day outside. It’s not always practical, however, to install a full on fireplace in your home…and that’s where Dimplex’s electric fireplace comes in.

Our Appliance Award Winners (2014)

LG Curved OLED TV - Award Winner, 2014

LG’s Curved OLED 3D Smart TV

The future of home cinema isn’t on the straight and narrow: LG’s curved OLED smart TVs make for an exciting entertainment experience in your living room. Take a look at what our judges though of them.

Philips Fidelio Speakers: Award Winners, 2014

Philips Fidelio Detachable Soundbar Speakers

Whether it’s a get-together in which you want your ‘party mix’ to be spread far and wide, or a Saturday movie night on the couch: Philips Fidelio soundbar can cater to your needs, because it’s speakers are detachable.

QX Series Smartphone Cameras

Sony QX series smartphone cameras

Is your smartphone camera up to snuff? Not to worry if it isn’t, as Sony’s new QX Series of cameras are a nice addition to your smartphone photography arsenal – see why in this article.

About our Innovation Awards

Our Innovation Excellence Awards have been determined through a panel of judges, who adhere to a strict awards methodology – outlined below. Brands or representatives of brands submitted products for consideration to us for judging.

We also accepted consumer submissions, where anyone in the public could submit products they thought were worthy of an Innovation Award. Each submission type was given equal weighting by our judges.

A single legitimate submission was all that was needed for a product to be considered by our panel, and only submitted products were assessed.

To be described as innovative, we assess both the degree of innovation and the overall impact the product could have. In terms of degree, we consider whether there are any other similar products available, whether it is a “first” in Australia or New Zealand and whether it opens up any new markets.

We also assess the potential significance of impacts to the existing market in terms of competition. And, of course, something that’s truly innovative can’t help but have that “wow” factor. In terms of overall impact, we consider the number of people who can benefit from the innovation, the ease and expense of application, and the potential to change people’s lives.