Eton FRX 4/5

Lead DesignerDan Harden
Prize(s)3rd Place in Outdoor And Exercise Equipment / Outdoors, trekking and camping
Entry Description

The Eton FRX 4 and 5 are Eton\'s next-generation emergency radio line, intended for consumers that may need assistance during an emergency or an outdoor adventure. Both models feature a hand crank dynamo on the front and a huge solar panel on the back for providing continuous energy to the device itself, and to power a smart phone. Each has great lighting in the form of a top lantern and LED flash lights. To stay informed, FRX 4 & 5 have a short wave band, weather band, plus AM and FM. These products are extremely well made, featuring a complete rubber over-mold housing for extreme impact resistance, aluminum cranks, and new technology high-output solar panels.


Whipsaw is an Industrial Design & Engineering consulting firm located in San Jose and San Francisco, California. Whipsaw focuses on innovative product design, UX, development and branding. Whipsaw creates products and experiences across many diverse categories including consumer electronics, housewares, medical, wearables, computing, scientific, industrial, and business products. Whipsaw’s clients range from large corporations like Avaya, Bosch, Cisco, Clorox, Ford, GE, Google, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung, Sony, and TP-Link plus exciting startups like Apnicure, Avinger, Highfive, Livescribe, OM Signal and Sprimo.

The Whipsaw team has created hundreds of successful products for its clients. Our market hits include the Google OnHub, the original Google Chromecast, Nike+ FuelBand, Dell Precision computers, Livescribe smartpens, Dropcam security cameras, Eton emergency radios, the Adiri baby bottle, Cisco/Linksys routers, Yubo lunch boxes, Intel healthcare tablets, the Kaleidescape Cinema One, Leapfrog LeapPads, Roku TV boxes, Topcon survey equipment, and TP-Link networking devices.

Whipsaw has won over 240 Industrial Design awards including many IDEA, Red Dot, iF, MDEA, G-Marks, CES Innovations, and D&AD awards.

Fast Company magazine ranked Whipsaw among the Top 5 design firms in the world and honored Whipsaw CEO Dan Harden as one of the 100 most creative people in business.

Whipsaw’s creations are in the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.