Commercial & Industrial Products

Rescue Wizard

The Rescue Wizard is a gas-powered, man-portable winch capable of pulling loads as heavy as 12,000 lbs. Designed for simple operation under the hardest circumstances, the winch can be used where destroyed roads and tight fits make heavy machinery and vehicles unfeasible and when electric power is unreliable, impractical or even nonexistent. As such, the winch is ideal for emergency rescue workers, forestry personnel, road crews and the military.

Contact: Robert Brady:

Credit: Robert Brady, IDSA, Glenn Akhavein, Erik Holmen and Joel Chartier of ROBRADY design for Andy Morrison

Kitchen Nano Garden

Nano Garden is a vegetable garden for the apartment kitchen, using hydroponics, so you don't need to worry about pesticides or fertilizers. Instead of the sunlight, Nano Garden has lighting which promotes the growth of plants. The amount of light, water and nutrient supply is also controllable, so you can decide the growth speed. It lets you know when to provide water or nutrients to the plants, which makes it easier to grow them. Moreover, Nano Garden functions as a natural air purifier, eliminating unpleasant smells.

Contact: Seul Ki Park:

Credit: Hyunjung Lee, Jaeyong Park, Changjin Shon and Seulki Park of Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea) and Ill-woong Kwon of Gromo (South Korea)

Hyundai E&C



Easy-Riser/Valve- Saver Utility Riser & Cover for Manholes & Valve boxes

This patented product (made from recycled tires) is a rubber riser, cover, and water seal for use on manholes and valve boxes typically found in city streets.  When a new layer of asphalt pavement is applied to the road surface, the existing manholes need to be re-set to the level of the new asphalt, a costly and time consuming process.  This product is a two-piece system.  The outer piece is bonded to the existing road surface around the manhole.  The inner piece is held in place by a tongue-in-groove/reverse bevel system that allows the inner piece to be removed to gain access to the manhole.  The product then protects the manhole from damage from vehicle impact and helps prevent infiltration of storm water into the sewer system, a major cause of sewage contamination of lakes and streams.

Contact: Robert Corr:

Credit: Robert F. Corr

Adaptive Fritting

Standard ceramic fritting, a frosted graphic pattern applied to glass, is commonly used to control heat gain and modulate light in buildings, while allowing sufficient transparency for viewing.   Adaptive Fritting builds on this practice with the addition of real-time dynamic motion via motorized control. While conventional fritting relies on a fixed pattern, Adaptive Fritting can control its transparency and modulate between opaque and transparent states. This performance is achieved by shifting a series of fritted glass layers so that the graphic pattern alternately aligns and diverges. 

Contact: Craig Holland:

Credit: Chuck Hoberman, Matthew Davis and Ziggy Drozdowski of Hoberman Associates


The design of this automatic sprinkler uses Fluid-Driven Illumination technology; when it is activated by fire, the water flows inside the turbine blade to generate electric power instantly and light up the LED, which can act as an illumination device and an alarm during emergency. No battery or utility wires are needed. The second-generation sprinkler is also integrated with a laser projector to highlight evacuation signs and exit locations, increasing the possibility of survival and improving the chance for rescue. 

Contact: Jung-Huang Liao:

Credit: Jung-Huang Liao, Jia-Wei Jan, Tzeng-Wuu Wey, Chih-Wei Lin and Lian-Yi Cho of Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan) and Ta-Wei Chien, Hung Cheng and Li-Hao Liu of Duckimage Corporation (Taiwan)

Electrosurgery Unit Tester (ESU Tester) for developing countries

Electrosurgery is a means for performing medical operations, with the capability of cutting tissue or coagulating it to prevent blood during surgery. Discarded electrosurgery units (ESUs) can make it to the developing world through the work of charities, non-governmental organizations and other groups; unfortunately, much of it is not fully functional.  This ESU tester costs roughly 1/100 the price of an ESU analyzer used in developed countries, but still provides the essential function: measuring the power output of the ESU.  This information is useful to hospital technicians as they diagnose medical equipment so that they know what repairs or preventative maintenance must be performed. 

"An excellent example of designing simple appropriate solutions for a specific need, that can provide greater benefits to the larger community and institutions. The product is easy to build by non-skilled volunteers, the housing is safe and easy to assemble, and the user interface can easily be localized with customized stickers."  --Isabel Ancona

Contact: Scott Janis:

Credit: Scott Janis, IDSA,  Alissa Murphy and Leah Davis of Hiemstra Product Development; Todd Murphy and Corey Drechsler for Engineering World Health

Geocell RDFW™

The Rapid Deployment Flood Wall (RDFW) is a modular, collapsible plastic grid typically used as an emergency protective measure in flooding operations.  It serves as a direct replacement for sandbag walls, forming an impermeable barrier.  The walls are assembled in place to the desired height and then filled with sand with a loader, requiring minimal labor. Typical dimensions are 8” tall x 3’-6” long x 3’-6” wide.

"This is one of my favorite entries. Such a simple holistic solution to a labor intensive, complex and increasingly persistent problem. Thorough testing has shown that the solution is more effective than traditional flood barriers, and has clearly helped to design a product that is so easy to install, scale to different situations, remove, store, reuse and recycle."  --Isabel Ancona 

Contact: Al Arellanes:

Credit: Al Arellanes of Geocell Systems and Gaylon White, Affiliate IDSA, of Eastman Chemical Company for Geocell Systems  RDFW™

ESR 5000 Series Reach Truck

The ESR 5000 Series is a full range of electric, side-sit reach trucks that achieve new levels of productivity, comfort and robustness for the most demanding warehouses and distribution centers.  Numerous industry-first innovations give operators an extra advantage for nearly every task.  A new super-duty mast can now lift a fully loaded pallet up to 12 meters (39.4 feet) high.  All models now offer a low step for easy on/off, and fully adjustable seating and controls for operators.  The all-new new S-Class vehicle establishes a new benchmark in operator comfort with a 30° rotating MoveSeat™ and a FlexBack™ reclining seat.  The new, patented battery shape provides 40% more legroom, and the MoveSeat™ greatly reduces upper body twisting.  A patented angled overhead guard also substantially increases upward visibility.

"Strong product strategy and user research, combined with elegant and practical design solutions, has created a very accessible and effective vehicle. There are several details that demonstrate a solid understanding of the various workflows and user needs--creating a safe and usable 'workspace' for the driver, providing more visibility, simple user interface controls, and visual cues on the truck for safer driving. I'm just sorry we didn't get to try it out...looks fun to drive!"  --Isabel Ancona

Contact:Craig Rekow:

Credit: Jim Kraimer, IDSA, Craig Rekow, IDSA, Christoph Babel, Adam Ruppert, IDSA and Ben Purrenhage, IDSA of Crown Equipment Corporation and Robert Hensha, IDSA and Mark Londborg of Formation Design Group for Crown Equipment Corp.

APX™ 7000XE P25 Portable Radio

Using feedback from firefighters from Miami to Malaysia, product developers designed the APX7000XE, a mission-critical two-way radio for the fire-rescue industry. It features an exaggerated control top for gloved hands, 1-watt speaker for clearer communications, noise reduction software, an enlarged top display for at-a-glance viewing and multiband interoperability for better multiagency collaboration.

"The Motorola portable radio is an unusually pure interpretation of form-follows-function. It is the result of rigorous, tenacious testing of users who routinely make communications that lives may depend on in tremendously stressful circumstances.

It has the best of that thoughtful-attention-to-functional-detail, humble, no-frills aesthetic that tells us that it’s the ideal tool for a demanding job and that the manufacturer had the integrity and dedication to simply solve the functional problem in the best possible way." – Philip Swift, IDSA, Director of Industrial Design - North America, Crown Equipment

Credits: Design Innovation and Design Engineering Teams of Motorola Solutions Inc.

Contact: Maya Komadina:

Bike-Pullway (Bike Rail)

The Bike-Pullway is a grooved bike rail that allows riders to easily and safely move their bicycles up and down stairs. All fabrication and assembly is done off site, resulting in an installation time that is one-tenth of the typical time needed.

Credits: Seong-woo Jeon, Seong-ung Han, Jeong-il Ju of NEOMERCE (South Korea)

Contact: Seong-woo Jeon: