Posted on: 18 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Phitek has won New Zealand’s Endace Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award for its magnetic audio jack technology. They address pin breakage on audio leads that prove costly for the airline and infuriating for passengers trying to access the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. They’re designed to be compatible with all headphone types and to be integrated into established IFE systems in commercial aircraft.
Phitek CEO, Roy Moody, said Phitek’s magnetic jacks addressed both passenger and airline operator challenges. “We delivered an audio jack that eliminates pin breakage, can adapt to any IFE system, airline or passenger headphones; and delivers high-quality audio.”
Moody said the award endorsed the company’s smart approach to technology design. “This stamp of approval from a highly respected award demonstrates the quality, creativity and ability of Phitek to deliver innovative technology in the aviation cabin.”
The New Zealand Endace awards, now in their 11th year, celebrate high-tech innovation and included Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) and Craig Nevill-Manning (director of engineering for Google) on the judging panel.