DEARBORN, Mich.—Designers with Ammunition L.L.C. of San Francisco won three gold awards at the 2012 International Design Excellence Awards, including a pair for entries from Beats Electronics L.L.C. of Santa Monica, Calif., and one for an e-book from Barnes & Noble Inc. of New York. The Beats by Dr. Dre-brand wireless headphones have Bluetooth connectivity.
The other award was for the Beats Mixr over-the-ear headphones for professional disc jockeys and audio enthusiasts. A 6-foot-long cable is coiled at the bottom for freedom of movement.
Both products have nylon for the headband, silicone for the head cushion and insoluble scleroprotein for the ear cushion. Long-lasting, rechargeable batteries power the headphones, the company said.
Credits for the wireless product and the Beats Mixr go to Ammunition and Robert Brunner and GrÃ&Copy;goire Vandenbussche.
Dr. Dre is the stage name for Andre Romelle Young, a U.S. record producer, rapper, actor and entrepreneur who initially introduced his brand of high-performance headphones in 2008.
Ammunition's design for Barnes & Noble involves the Nook Simple Touch digital reading device that uses e-ink technology, a touch interface and wireless connectivity.
Materials include injection molded ABS and polycarbonate, a soft-touch polyurethane coating and a laminated bezel with an in-mold label.
Optical infrared sensors from Neonode Inc. of Stockholm surround the display and locate the position of a user's finger on the screen.