Konica Minolta wins Good Design Award 2018 for five products including the Cosmo Leap Σ, an optical planetarium, selected for the Good Design Best 100

| 11 December 2018

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the Good Design Award 2018 by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for five products. Among these award-winning products, the Cosmo Leap Σ, an optical planetarium, has been selected as one of the Good Design Best 100 products and also included on the list of My Favorite Choice for Good Design 2018, the Good Design Award 2018's jury's personal selections. This confirms that the jury appreciated Konica Minolta's focus on product design and quality.

Cosmo Leap Σ, Winner of the Title, Good Design Best 100 in Good Design Award 2018

While most products cover their structures with some materials, the planetarium is exposed. Its mechanical appearance, made of optical and precision components, appeals to people, especially children. Since the moving parts of the star ball and planet projector follow the movement of the night sky (movement of the Earth), the orderly structure of this precision machine makes children aware that cosmic space is also regularly structured. This aspect of the product was also highly regarded by the jury.

Kunkun body, a body odour measuring and visualising device

Kunkun body is the world's first solution for measuring and visualising types and levels of mouth and body odours. It comes with an easy to hold and non-slippery measuring device as well as a professional smartphone app. The device can detect, identify and measure different levels of mouth odour, sweaty smell, old-aged-smell, and middle-aged-oil odour. The jury highly regarded this product for its novelty that reflects today's needs, as well as its easy-to-carry design.

SONIMAGE MX1/SNiBLE yb, a diagnostic ultrasound system

The SONIMAGE MX1/SNiBLE yb is a diagnostic ultrasound system. Because of its lightweight, compact body and delivering high-quality imaging, it is ideal for orthopaedic use and many other medical settings as it is easy-to-carry. The jury highly evaluated this product for its usability in so many medical settings and wondered why such a product had not been available before. The jury was particularly impressed by the successful development of a diagnostic ultrasound system that is more compact, sophisticated, and safer and easier to use than preceding models for medical professionals and patients.

CA-410, a colour analyser for measuring displays

The CA-410 is a product designed for measuring ever-evolving displays such as OLED displays. Although the design is simple, the data processor is far more compact than that of preceding models and the device is highly portable. According to the jury this product is well designed to meet the needs of developers of ever-evolving high-resolution displays.

Konica Minolta Planetarium TENKU in Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN®

The Konica Minolta Planetarium TENKU is a one-time miracle-taking place in the planetarium theatre. Instead of focusing on upgrading equipment and refurbishing the space, TENKU focused on introducing 3D audio effects and the latest project systems based on the concept of Magic Blue, which makes the show more enjoyable. This fact was highly appraised by the jury.

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About the Good Design Award 

The Good Design Award is a comprehensive design award program run by the JDP which aims to highlight and commend outstanding designs around us in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial and social development.This program has a history of more than 60 years since its creation in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (present-day Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) under the name, Good Design Selection System, which was more widely known as the G Mark System.From among all the Good Design Award winners, Good Design Best 100 products are selected, from which the jury then selects Good Design Gold Award winners, finalists (candidates for Grand Award) and Good Focus Award winners. The Good Design Grand Award winner is selected from among the candidates for Grand Award by the jury and the Good Design Award winners of the year.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious “Buyers Lab PaceSetter award for Smart Workplace Vision” from Keypoint Intelligence” as the only vendor in its industry thanks to its forward-looking vision of the future of work and investment in innovative technology. Being a strong partner for the production and industrial printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and, in 2017, was the production printing market leader for the tenth consecutive year in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). The hardware portfolio covers light and mid production as well as industrial printing machines. Konica Minolta Marketing Services provides value added services that intelligently link print and digital marketing in an effective and efficient way. In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Through its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R&D laboratories in Europe, Konica Minolta brings innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 9,900 employees (as of April 2018), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.37 billion in financial year 2017/18. 

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