Tokyo, February 28, 2014－Ricoh today announced that it has won three awards at this year’s prestigious iF Design Awards 2014, hosted by iF International Forum Design GmbH. Details of the awards are as follows.
iF Product Design Award 2014
iF Communication Design Award 2014
The Award-Winning Products
- RICOH Pro 8100 Series Production Printers （Released September 2013 in Japan）- GR Compact Digital Camera (Released May 2013 in Japan)
The RICOH Pro 8100 Series of production printers boast excellent productivity with a continuous copying speed of 135 pages per minute with A4 landscape size (RICOH Pro 8120S model). Despite being B/W printers, they are equipped with technologies found in color printers, and as the first RICOH B/W printers to use the Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology and new ultrafine particle for toner, superior image quality is achieved. The printers also feature improved accurate duplex registration, broad paper support, and excellent environmental performance.
The GR is the latest model in the GR series of high-end compact digital cameras, first launched in October 2005 and highlighting superb image quality in a portable design. The GR features a newly designed lens to assure exceptional image rendering. It also combines a new APS-C-size CMOS image ensor(with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels), a GRENGINE V high-performance imaging engine and an anti-aliasing filter-less design to achieve further advances in image quality.
The two products described above were not only recognized for their superior originality and innovation in design but also comprehensively evaluated on functional aspects, including ease of use, quality, and environmental friendliness.
- RICOH THETA Fully Spherical Camera （Released October 2013 in Japan）
The RICOH THETA is the world's first(*1) imaging device to capture fully spherical scenes surrounding the photographer with a single shutter release. Captured images can be viewed on a smartphone using a dedicated free application, making it a visual communication tool that allows images to be easily shared on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The RICOH THETA was not only evaluated based on its design, but also other aspects such as its originality and innovative quality in pursuing a new visual experience as well as its ability to expand communications.
(*1) Among consumer products in terms of the ability to capture the entire space surrounding the photographer in a single shot, rather than just in the horizontal direction or a half-sphere (As of January 2014, based on RICOH research)
iF Design Awards
Established in 1953, the iF Design Award is a design award presented to industrial products from all over the world that display superior design. Each year there are many applicants for the award from Germany and around the world. The winning products are selected from three categories: “Product Design,” “Communication Design”, and “Packaging Design.” Winners are highly regarded as products with a superior design that is recognized internationally. This year 4,615 products from 55 countries were entered for consideration, and after rigorous examination, 1,626 products received awards.
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
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