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Gramovox Floating Record Player IDEA Award Winner

Product Development Technologies (PDT) Wins Silver at International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)


CHICAGO —August 17th, 2016— Product Development Technologies (PDT), a global, full-service product development firm, is thrilled to announce that the Gramovox Floating Record Player has been honored with a Silver Award at the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA®) – a premiere design competition sponsored annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The Gramovox Floating Record Player was selected from a field of more than 1,700 projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016.


The Floating Record Player is a high-performance turntable that plays records vertically through built-in, dynamic, full-range stereo speakers (or via RCA line out). Designed for everyone from first-time record listeners to seasoned vinyl enthusiasts, the Floating Record delivers a visceral experience that showcases the record as both art and as a medium to produce analog sound.


“Winning a top IDEA Award is one of the most prestigious honors within the design industry,” said Frank Pistorio, Lead Project Engineer at PDT. “Gramovox proved to be a challenging design, but the end result is a unique, aesthetically pleasing record player that maintains a very high level of sound quality, especially for its price point.”


IDEA 2016 winners span a wide range of 21 categories such as social impact; medical and scientific innovations; transportation; home and garden; office; personal accessories; children’s products; sporting goods; and much more. IDSA Board of Directors Chair John Barratt—himself a former IDEA jury chair—hails the competition as “the authority on design”—showcasing new designs in products that are used every day, and products featuring first-of-a-kind innovations.


The International Design Excellence Awards or IDEA® is a premier international design competition, recognizing and promoting design excellence.








About Gramovox

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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.


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.




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