November 7, 2019
By Nancy Klosek
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) held a gala Nov. 6 in New York City to induct the 2019 CTA Hall of Fame honorees as well as to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the program.
Inductees this year were: Colin Angle, co-founder of iRobot; Internet pioneer Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler; RCA founder Owen D. Young (posthumous); Blue LED inventor Dr. Shuji Nakamura; industry journalist and CTA “Digital Answer Man” Jim Barry (posthumous); and longtime consumer electronics industry executive Henry Chiarelli.
Special awards were also bestowed to two industry entrepreneurial companies: Self-driving platform innovator Aurora and remote health monitoring company Heal.
“All of you are disrupters – a positive word, because disrupters make everything better,” noted CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro in his introductory remarks. “Creative disruption may be uncomfortable, but it leads to better product and services for customers.”
Dr. Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue LED, which makes power-efficient "white" LED light bulbs possible, and the blue laser that the Blu-ray Disc format is based on.