The 2011 Product of the Year (POY) judges selected five companies as finalists for top honors for their technology-related products or services. These five companies will received the POY Judges Award at the POY event and will make their final pitch for top honors in front of a large audience on November 14th at the NH High Technology Council (NHHTC) 6th annual 2011 Product of the Year event and banquet.
Judge’s Award Winners and finalists for 2011 are Foss Manufacturing, iGlobe, Integra, Russound, and Scribe Software. At this unique event, each of the finalists will have their product and service on display during the reception, and will make a seven-minute live pitch to the audience. After the pitches, the winner will be selected based on both the audience and the judge’s evaluation. The POY event will be held at the Radisson Hotel-Center of NH in Manchester and registration is now open.
What follows is a brief description of each product:
Foss Manufacturing, Hampton, NH
Product: The SpectraShield™ 9500 N95 Surgical Respirator Mask with Foss Manufacturing’s Fosshield embedded antimicrobial technology is the first antibacterial respirator mask to receive FDA 510K and NIOSH clearance. The SpectraShield™ Respirator eliminates 99.99% of bacteria on the treated surface within one hour against certain strains of harmful bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus on contact before they can enter the body. This revolutionary next generation respirator meets CDC and WHO guidelines for infectious disease exposure control, is ideal for pandemic preparedness and gives healthcare workers the best available long-duration protection against infectious diseases, especially Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs).
iGlobe, Franklin, NH
Product: iGlobe PersonalPlanet is an educational 3D spherical display technoilogy that engages viewers with lifelike simulations of Earth and other celestrial bodies. PersonalPlanet’s cutting edge 3D graphics and innovative user interface provide exceedingly high resolution, vibrant colors and unmatched affordability in a desktop or wall mounted display. The PersonalPlanet’s wireless iPad controller provides a cutting edge user experience. The user may choose from a large library of scientific datasets and full feature spherical films produced byNASA and NOAA. PersonalPlanet also allows the user to view Erath as seen from space in real time with 12 weather layers to choose from.
INTEGRA North America, Hudson, NH
Product: INTEGRA’s VIAFLO 96 introduces a completely new concept in 96 channel pipetting for Life Science Research. The intuitive user interface and the servo motor assisted handling, make the VIAFLO 96 as easy and effortless to use as any single channel pipette. Four different pipetting heads are available which can be interchanged in a matter of only seconds allowing the scientist to perform a wide set of applications with volumes ranging between 0.5 and 1250l. For the first time the combination of these features make 96 well pipetting accessible and affordable to any laboratory.
Russound, Newmarket NH
Product: Russound’s DMS-3.1 digital media streamer provides network-based digital music to a Russound C-Series multiroom audio system. With 3 streaming players in one chassis, multiple users can simultaneously enjoy their favorite music. Unique in its class, the DMS-3.1 is an Apple certified AirPlay accessory. It will play audio received via AirPlay from iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad(s) along with computers using iTunes software. It will also stream digital audio directly from connected USB drives, network connected computers, and DLNA / UPnP compliant drives. When connected to the internet, the DMS-3.1 streams internet radio and content from various popular online music services.
Scribe Software, Manchester, NH
Product: Scribe is #1 in CRM integration and our newest platform, Scribe Online, helps companies make sense of customer data in the cloud. By bringing together email, social media such as Twitter and Facebook, back office and front office data, Scribe gives companies the information they need to improve customer service, grow sales, innovate new products and make better business decisions. Secure, reliable and built using the latest technology along with our deep integration experience, Scribe Online connects customer data quickly and easily in the cloud. With over 12,000 customers and 900 partners Scribe has proven leadership in data integration.
“We’re seeing some great innovations in New Hampshire, and the Product of the Year event process provides some great visibility to all of our participants. We’re looking forward to a terrific event on November 14th and greatly appreciate the time commitment made by our esteemed judges: Jeff Pollock, Jeffrey Sercel, Jim St. Jean, Dave Todaro, and Steve Varga, top New Hampshire technologists, entrepreneurs andinvestors,” said Art Bruinooge, member of the NHHTC Board of Directors and POY event chair.
The event is one of very few that requires audience engagement and participation, as the entire audience casts their vote for their top product after the presentations are made. The audience vote counts towards 50% of the final tabulation and the initial judge’s vote counts for the remaining 50%. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event and will earn the prestigious NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed for the Council by Pepi Hermann. The trophy and the finalist’s winning product will be on display in a highly visible location at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the pastfour years were Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase, Incorporated, and Sky-Skan. Major event sponsors include Dyn,Inc, Fairpoint, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson PLLC, Hanover Insurance Group, Sadler Insurance Agency, PSNH, and New England Investment and Retirement. Additional sponsorships are available. For more information and to register, go to www.nhhtc.org.