November 08, 2011We are so excited to report that today we have been named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for our Varsity Messenger Bag for iPad®. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 32 product categories. The HEX Varsity Messenger bag is made from fine, blended wool. It boasts features such as a padded interior laptop compartment, organizer, rear document pocket, and adjustable surplus grade cotton web strap. But perhaps the bag’s most innovative feature is the PadPortTM (patent pending) which allows easy, on-the-go access to iPad 1 or 2 without ever needing to remove it from the bag. The padded front flap of the bag acts as a protective cover and is lined in soft micro-fleece to further pamper the device. The HEX Varsity Messenger Bag comes in either 13” or 15” sizes and is available at fine retailers such as Apple. “We are very proud to receive this distinguished award” says Dan Maravilla, Vice President of HEX. “We try to infuse our products with innovation and ingenuity in addition to great style, so it is nice to be recognized for our efforts by such a renowned panel.” The front and back of the Varsity Messenger bags. The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. The Best of Innovations honor is awarded to the products with the highest judges’ scores and will be featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the 2012 International CES. HEX’s Varsity Messenger Bag for iPad will be displayed at the 2012 International CES, which runs January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: the Official Press Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 8 in the Venetian Ballroom of the Venetian. The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria: • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used • Aesthetic and design qualities • The product’s intended use/function and user value • Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive • How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs. Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CES Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.