Sixteen products from the fields of lighting, projection, sound, staging, rigging, and special effects released since last fall have been chosen as the 2006 Live Design International Products of the Year. The products will be honored during the Live Design International Awards, held on Saturday, October 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, just after the LDI show floor closes at 6pm.

The LDI Products of the Year is the first of a two-part celebration of the best new gear in entertainment technology; part two will feature the best new products debuting at LDI and will be unveiled during the Saturday ceremony.

Each group of winning products was chosen by a panel of designers and technicians in their respective fields. To be eligible, products must have been released during the fall trade show season and currently be shipping.

“While there was no groundbreaking technology introduced during the last year, these 16 products represent clever and highly useful solutions for designers and technicians across the spectrum of entertainment technology,” says David Johnson, editorial director/associate publisher for Live Design. “We wish to thank all the judges who helped us choose these worthy honorees and congratulate all the companies who brought them to market.”

A full write-up of the winners, including comments from the judges, will appear in the October issue of Live Design.

And the winners are:

Lighting
Robert Juliat SuperKorrigan Followspot
ZZYZX ESP Vision 2.0 Software
Vari*Lite VL500 Wash Luminaire
Zylight Z50 LED Fixture

Projection
Barco FLM Series Projector
Rosco Keystroke
City Theatrical Projector Dowser
Element Labs Stealth LED Screen

Sound
Professional Wireless Systems HA-8089 Helical Antenna
SIA SmaartLive V.6 Software
Shure UHF-G Series with KSM9 Microphone
Whirlwind E-Snake 2

Staging, Rigging, and Special Effects
JR Clancy PowerAssist
Pook Diemont & Ohl Acoustac Variable Acoustic Banner
Look Solutions Unique2 Hazer
Goo Systems Screen Goo