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Array of Things Collaboration Is Named as a Prestigious IDEA Award Finalist


CHICAGO — June 1, 2017 — Product Development Technologies (PDT), a global, full-service product development firm, is proud to announce that the Array of Things collaborative project has been recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).


The Array of Things has been named as a prestigious IDEA Award Finalist in IDSA's 2017 competition. The International Design Excellence Awards is a premier international design competition judged by renowned design experts from around the world.


Joined by a number of companies and institutions in the Chicago area, PDT has worked alongside Charlie Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and more to bring the Array of Things to life. The team's efforts have resulted in an urban sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city's environment, infrastructure and activity for research and public use. The nodes measure livability factors, including climate, air quality and noise.


The nonprofit Industrial Designers Society of America sponsors the annual IDEA Awards, the world's most prestigious and rigorous design competition. The Society works to advance the profession of industrial design through advocacy, information, education, and community.



About IDSA

Founded in 1965, the nonprofit IDSA is one of the oldest and largest membership associations for industrial design professionals, with thousands of members in dozens of Professional Chapters, Student Chapters and Special Interest Sections in the United States and internationally. IDSA sponsors IDEA®, the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competition. The Society hosts events including an annual International Design Conference, five District Design Conferences and a Medical Design Conference—bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields. Global outreach includes designUpdate and designBytes e-newsletters; INNOVATION magazine; and the Yearbook of Design Excellence featuring IDEA, IDSA Award and Student Merit Award winners. IDSA Ambassadors support and promote industrial design with research and thought leadership.


About Product Development Technologies (PDT)

Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Founded in 1995, PDT has grown to become one of the largest product development firms in the country. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including design research, industrial design, user experience development, rapid prototyping, materials science, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, strategy, scouting, and sourcing. PDT's award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 100 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association. For more information, please go to www.pdt.com.




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