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TMIO Internet-Connected Kitchen Appliance Awarded "Best of Innovations" by the Consumer Electronics Association
Remote-controlled refrigeration and cooking to be featured at the Innovations 2004 Design & Engineering Showcase at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 8, 2004.
Cleveland, Ohio - (12/31/03) - TMIO, Inc., the leader in intelligent kitchen appliance innovation, announced the receipt of several significant awards by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For the second consecutive year, TMIO will receive recognition by CEA for its pioneering work in internet-connected kitchen appliances.
TMIO has been selected as a 2004 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase honoree, and will additionally receive the 2004 Best of Innovations Award in the Home Appliances category, as selected by a preeminent panel of industry designers, engineers and journalists.
Now in its seventh year, the Best of Innovations Awards are given to the most highly honored products in all facets of the consumer technology industry, and are sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The 2004 International CES is the world's largest annual trade show for consumer technology, and will be held January 8-11, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Keystone Appliance of the Internet-Connected Kitchen
The TMIO Internet Connected Refrigerated Oven applies technology to provide convenience and healthy-living for today's active lifestyles. By combining refrigeration and Internet control within a domestic cooking unit, fresh food can be placed in the TMIO oven before leaving for work, and it remains properly refrigerated until a programmable cooking cycle begins. Should the consumer's plans change, the TMIO software enables the user to conveniently adjust and control the oven settings via the Internet while away from home.
"The convenience provided by the TMIO appliance is very important, but it is really only part of the story," claims Corey Williams, a busy mother and successful business owner in Chapel Hill, NC. "To me, a significant value of this product is the ability to bring fresh, healthy meals back into our life instead of always relying on less desirable fast-food alternatives. It also gives me back time to spend with my family."
The TMIO oven is preprogrammed with a universal cooking menu, which can be customized to the user's preferences. This allows the consumer to simply enter in the "Dinner Time," and the oven automatically switches from refrigeration to the cooking cycle during the day, so that the meal will be ready as the family arrives back at home for dinner.
By incorporating TMIO's real-time remote interaction technology into these units, users can monitor the status of the oven at any time, cancel or delay cooking and cooling cycles, modify program settings, set cook temperatures, including the ability to re-refrigerate or set a warming mode for a completed meal. Modifications can be entered "on the fly" with just a few clicks from an Internet browser or data-capable wireless device.
Our team has worked hard to re-think the requirements for a modern kitchen appliance, with the goals of restoring mealtime quality within today's hectic lifestyle," states David Mansbery, founder and CEO of TMIO, Inc. "We are obviously quite pleased and proud that our efforts have received this level of recognition from the CEA and the IDSA."
During the 2004 International CES, the TMIO refrigerated oven will be featured along with other Best of Innovations Award winners in a special display in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Consumers are also invited to visit the three other locations at CES, which will be demonstration the features and functionality of TMIO ovens: the NextGen04 Networked Demonstration Home (the Official CEA TechHome Sponsored Showcase Home - Silver Lot), the TMIO exhibit at the Microsoft MCX Partner Pavilion (LVCC Central Hall #8232), and the TMIO booth in the TechHome Pavilion (LVCC South Hal #19098).
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA sponsors and manages the International Consumer Electronics Show - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. The 2004 International CES will focus on more than 20 product areas from more than 2,000 exhibitors spread throughout both the inside and outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Alexis Park Resort.
Since 1989, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase has given consumer technology manufacturers and developers and opportunity to have their newest products judged by a preeminent panel of independent industry designers, engineers and journalists. For the ninth year, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has endorsed and acted as advisors to the Innovations Design & Engineering Showcase. Hundreds of nominees and entrants are evaluated for the Award based on specific weighted criteria including user value, aesthetics, contributions to the quality of life and innovative design and qualities.
TMIO is the recognized leader in intelligent appliance innovation for consumer and institutional kitchens. The firm is dedicated to the development of new products that dramatically improve the convenience and accessibility of fresh meal preparation for modern lifestyles.
With a focus on the "Internet-Connected Kitchen," TMIO has pioneered the development of practical network-based communication and control technologies for intelligent consumer appliances. Among other recent awards, thepatented TMIO Internet Controlled Refrigerated Oven was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the "Coolest Inventions of 2003."
TMIO®, LLC is a privately-held, US-based technology company and creator of Internet controlled devices. TMIO technology enables operation of a device from a remote location over the Internet with real-time feedback. While currently focused on the Internet-connected kitchen, TMIO's innovations can be applied to any electronic device.
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