Sigma Design Wins International Red Dot Award

Sigma Design Wins International Red Dot Award
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Press Release
SIGMADESIGN Wins 2016 Red Dot Product Design Award for the Lightspeed
TangoTM Aviation Headset
Vancouver, Washington, March 30, 2016.
New wireless aviation headset wins prestigious international design competition
SIGMADESIGN, a product design and engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, WA, today announces
that its work on the Lightspeed TangoTM Aviation Headset was awarded with the Red Dot Award for
Product Design, an internationally recognized acknowledgment of superior design. Collaboration
between Lightspeed Engineers and SIGMADESIGN Product Designers resulted in the design of the first
wireless aviation headset, which was selected by the Red Dot jury from among a pool of 5,200 products
and innovations from 57 nations.
The Lightspeed TangoTM Aviation Headset is the first premium product to combine wireless innovation
with unmatched comfort and exceptional noise cancellation. The system integrates seamlessly into an
airplane’s existing audio system with the full-featured Headset and wireless Panel Interface. Proprietary
wireless technology provides more robust connection than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and supports up to six
headsets per aircraft. Additionally, Bluetooth connectivity along with a proprietary recording app allow
access to smartphone and iPad music, features and data.
“We designed both the Headset and Panel Interface to be models of user-interface simplicity,” said Mark
Schoening, Director of Industrial Design at SIGMADESIGN. “Primary features are designed with the user
in mind. The ergonomic design includes large, simple controls, comfortable ear-cups and a unique
ambidextrous microphone design, combined with superior signal reliability and audio quality to ensure
the pilot is confident and comfortable.”
With 41 experts from all around the world, the Red Dot jury assesses each entry strictly and fairly, live and
on site, according to criteria such as degree of innovation, formal quality, and functionality. “With their
performances, the Red Dot winners not only demonstrated an extraordinary design quality, but they also
showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec,
founder and president of the Red Dot Award.
The culmination of the 2016 Red Dot Award is an awards ceremony held at the Museum Essen in Germany
on July 4, 2016. Products will be presented in the special exhibition “Design on Stage” for four weeks, and
then will become part of the permanent museum exhibition. Every year, this world’s largest exhibition of
contemporary design is viewed by 150,000 visitors enjoying exposure to current trends and top
SIGMADESIGN, a product design and engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, WA, offers
professional services that support projects from concept through production. SIGMADESIGN provides
turnkey solutions for projects through solid engineering, broad experience, and focused execution.
The firm was founded in 1994 to serve product design needs of the US Pacific Northwest. Now with
multiple locations and an office in Singapore, SIGMADESIGN serves a world-wide client base. The firm
offers a full range of services including Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
Firmware and Software Engineering, Rapid Prototyping, Machine Shop/Part Fabrication, Product Testing,
Manufacturing, Logistics, Shipping and on-site consulting.
About the Red Dot Design Award:
In order to appraise the wide scope of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award is
broken down into the three distinct disciplines: the Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award:
Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organized by the
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. Further information:
Andrea Cameron, 360-693-2600
Red Dot PR
Catharina Hesse
Communications Manager
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
45309 Essen
Phone: +49 201 30104–50
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