Kaleidescape's Cinema One has won the Red Dot Award for Best Product Design.
The Red Dot Award is given for aesthetic forms, well thought-out innovations, and groundbreaking trends.
Cinema One was designed in collaboration with Whipsaw, an industrial design and engineering consulting firm located in the heart of Silicon Valley. "The goal was to create a device that was fresh, contemporary and exuded a level of sophistication that would stand out among other audio/video components in the living room," said Cheena Srinivasan, founder and CEO of Kaleidescape. "With Whipsaw's help, we were able to create a product that not only delivers the highly acclaimed Kaleidescape Experience but also looks good and is super easy to use. It's a product that people will want to display rather than hide."
Wrapped in a sleek aluminum-finished case, the Cinema One features a white faceplate, on which the backlit Kaleidescape logo animates when the system is turned on and when music is playing. Status indicators and control buttons glow from within only when active, and recede into the background when not in use.
The product also features a slot-loading BD/DVD drive for a cleaner, more elegant look as compared to more common tray-loading players. Combined with the Kaleidescape Movie Guide, Cinema One delivers the best Blu-ray experience, taking the viewer directly to the start of the feature film in six seconds or less.
"Cinema One features a clean, light, and graceful design that subtly communicates a sense of refined technology. We strove to make Cinema One the ultimate companion to the brilliant Kaleidescape Experience," said Dan Harden, CEO and principal designer at Whipsaw.
Kaleidescape will be recognized as a winner of the award at the Red Dot Gala, to be held at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany, on July 7.