Edison Best New Product Awards Taps CarMD® Handheld Tester & Software Kit As 2010 Finalist

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Fountain Valley, Calif.-based CarMD.com Corporation's consumer automotive diagnostic product earns top spot in the Electronics and Computers Category of the prestigious Edison Best New Product Awards. Winners will be announced on April 29, 2010, during a gala in New York.

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CarMD Handheld Device & Software Kit

CarMD.com Corp. is pleased to announce its CarMD® Handheld Tester & Software Kit was named a finalist in the 2010 Edison Best New Product Awards. The announcement was made earlier this month on the 163rd birthday of renowned inventor Thomas Alva Edison, during a press conference at the legendary Friars Club in New York City. Edison created many of the products and technologies taken for granted today. The announcement was webcast live by The Discovery Channel, a premier cable TV non-fiction network, at http://www.discovery.com/edisonawards, where it is archived and may still be seen. At the Friars Club event, presented by Discovery, the list of Edison Finalists was read by Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison, co-author of the book, “Innovate Like Edison,” and chair of the Edison Awards steering committee, assisted by Edison Awards spokesman Ted Faraone.

“Innovation is more important now than ever,” said Caldicott. “The finalists are the moving parts in the engine of economic growth. They inspire people to think outside the box and improve the lives of people around the world. "My great, great uncle, Thomas Edison, mastered five different forms of innovation. Most often, we think of technological innovation as the only form of innovation, but actually there are many others. Edison knew this, and drew upon them all.”    

The CarMD® Handheld Tester & Software Kit is a finalist in the Electronics and Computers category, one of more than 10 categories honored by the Edison Awards. CarMD marks a breakthrough in consumer automotive empowerment as the first product to offer consumers both the tools and information needed to monitor their vehicle’s health, and solve related problems before they harm the environment or inflate repair costs. Fellow finalists in the category include the Droid Cell Phone from Motorola, Littmann® Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 from 3M and Zargis and the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach from Zeo Inc.

CarMD works on all 1996 and newer OBD2 cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans manufactured for use in the U.S. – foreign and domestic. In seconds, the easy-to-use CarMD device can be used by the average driver to check for hidden problems, determine if the vehicle is ready to pass its emissions test, inspect a used car, solve “check engine” light issues and more. When a problem is found, CarMD customers gain free access to an unprecedented online diagnostic database to generate a personal report with probable cause, estimated repair costs, vehicle recalls and more.

“The development team at CarMD has made a concerted effort to conceive, patent and produce innovative products that truly make life easier for drivers,” said Ieon C. Chen, CEO of CarMD.com Corp. “We are honored to have our hard work recognized by such an esteemed award and to be in the company of such reputable fellow finalists.”

About The Edison Awards
The Edison Awards, a peer-review honor similar to the Oscars, is voted on by roughly 2,000 members of the not-for-profit Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), America’s top executives and academics. The awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Thomas Edison created four industries without which modern life cannot function. The four, now among the world’s largest, are Electric Power Generation, Recorded Sound, Motion Pictures, and Electric Light Bulbs. Edison also made crucial contributions to a host of other industries including the Storage Battery, Telecommunications, Cement, Chemicals, and Mining. Edison Awards are judged on Marketplace Innovation, Marketplace Success, Technological Innovation, Market Structure Innovation, Societal Impact, and Design Innovation. The 2010 Edison Awards are sponsored by TV’s Discovery Channel, Google, The Nielsen Company (a leader in market research and intelligence best known for TV’s “Nielsen ratings”), and Strategyn, a global leader in innovation management. The Edison Awards are associated with The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.

About CarMD.com Corp.
The mission of Fountain Valley, Calif.-based CarMD.com Corp., is to empower consumers by providing the tools and information needed to make better-educated decisions about their vehicles’ health and maintenance. Distributed by CarMD.com Corp., CarMD is priced at $98.99 and is available in the U.S. direct to consumers at http://www.CarMD.com. The product is supported Monday – Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m (Pacific Time) by live Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians based in the U.S.A.

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