The Condor Mountaineering Ice Axe was designed to give users a comfortable and secure experience. It provides users with a handled head for hiking in steep, snowy terrain. This rubberized handle acts as a cane, anchor and lifeline for the mountaineer. The Condor is bright yellow with a contrasting black so that users can more easily locate their axe if they drop it.
Credits: Katrina Epperson of The University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign
The safe ring syringe is a disposable injector. Not only is it disposable, people are unable to use it more than once, preventing the dangers associated with reusing syringes. The design makes it easy to distinguish between a used syringe and new one.
Credits: Park bo-min, Kim mi-yeon and Kwon jeong-woong of Korea design membership (South Korea)
The Cleaner Waves project explores principles of sustainability as they relate to the sport and culture of surfing, with particular reference to the materials that are used in surfboard construction. The surfboard design uses paulownia, an abundant lightweight hardwood. This material provides a naturally buoyant structure that is sealed with a bamboo veneer deck before being coated with a biodegradable varnish.
Credits: Michael Grobelny of AUT University (New Zealand)
SAVE PASTE eliminates the hard-to-squeeze dead space in toothpaste containers, minimizing the amount of toothpaste left behind. The design also combines the cardboard packaging and tube into one unit, reducing waste, distribution costs, and manufacturing costs.
Credits: Sang Min Yu and Wong Sang Lee of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (Great Britain (UK))
Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream entertainment to your TV. Watch movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon VOD; listen to music on Pandora; or catch the latest ballgame—all through your home network. Roku lets you ditch the cable bill and watch only the entertainment you want to see. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection, a TV and a Roku box.
Credits: Fred Bould, IDSA, Eric Fields and Noah Dijulio of Bould Design and Anthony Wood, Charles Seiber, David Krall, Greg Garner, James Wong and Wendy Abowd of Roku Inc.
LEDs are generally suited to lighting an area directly below. However, the tilted LED Light Bulb has diagonal LEDs with a feature that allows users to pivot the bulb after it’s been screwed in to control the direction of the light. The bulb lasts 40,000 hours.
Credits: Yutaka Murakami for Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
The Coat Check Chair is a concept that combines plastic hangers and a steel closet rod in a way that creates a new purpose. It brings these ordinary objects out into the open and features them in an unexpected and useful way.
The Freestyle steam and dry iron is cordless and rechargeable, so the cord does not get in the way of ironing. Users can iron in any direction with precision, ease and speed; the symmetrical curved soleplate has points on both ends. Its ergonomic design ensures smooth, natural movement in any direction, and its compact body lets you easily see where you are ironing.
Credits: Shuichi Hosoda and Kensaku Okabe of Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
The dna lounge seating and table line reinterprets traditional lounge furniture with its system of modular, connectable units. Designed to be flexible in response to today’s collaborative workplace demands, dna addresses needs for increased flexibility and reconfigurability and support for technology use. It features a progressive aesthetic that can be dressed up for more formal applications or dressed down for casual applications.
Credits: Erik Simonsen and Justus Kolberg of Acer Design a/s (Denmark) and Teknion's in-house design team (Canada)
The Cell phone P-04B features 119 white LED lights that illuminate through the chassis, creating beautiful and fun dot illuminations that indicate the time, alarms, weather and other notifications. Incoming callers can be indicated with a choice of 50 animations. The camera automatically distinguishes the scenery (11 types) and adjusts the settings for optimal photos.
Credits: Takeshi Jobetto of Panasonic Corp. (Japan)