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Innovation is everywhere: In sleek industrial design (Apple's iPod Nano), in unique technologies that enable new capabilities (Kodak's dual-lens EasyShare V570), and in products that bring the cost of high-end technologies down from the stratosphere (Sony's Handycam HDR-HC1 high-definition camcorder). Innovative products and services do it first, do it well, or re-imagine what's been done before. They're the kind of products that make you wonder: Why didn't I think of that?

It wasn't easy to narrow down this year's list of PC World Innovations Award winners--but the 25 hardware devices, software products, and Web services spotlighted here say a lot about where technology is today and where it's going. While some products, notably Fujitsu's LifeBook P1510D convertible Tablet PC/notebook and NEC's MultiSync LCD2180WG-LED monitor, are aimed at boosting productivity, this year's picks clearly have a common theme: The majority of them aim to change the way you consume media and entertainment--whether in the living room, the den, or on the go (see our methodology for more on how we made our picks).

As PC World Editor in Chief Harry McCracken noted in his recent Up Front column, many of these products defy clear categorization. Nonetheless, we've managed to group our 25 favorites into five categories: Audio, Cameras and Camcorders, Entertainment, Mobile and Wireless, and Video. And the winners are...

Audio Mobile and Wireless
Apple iPod Nano Airgo True MIMO Gen3
JVC RX-D702B Avvenu
Sonos Digital Music System Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D
Yamaha RX-V4600 Google Earth
Yamaha YSP-1000 Nokia N91
Cameras and Camcorders Panasonic Oxyride
JVC Everio GZ-MG70 Video
Kodak EasyShare V570 Maxtor Shared Storage Plus
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Mitsubishi HC3000U
Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 NEC MultiSync LCD2180WG-LED
Entertainment Sling Media Slingbox
Creative Zen Vision Sony DVDirect VRD-MC1
Microsoft Xbox 360 Toshiba RD-XS54
Nintendo Nintendogs for Nintendo DS
At a Glance
  • JVC RX-D702B Receiver (150 W/Channel, 6.1 Channels)

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