Student Designs

Postal Pod

Postal Pod is an electric-powered mail-delivery vehicle designed to increase postal workers’ ergonomic comfort and be seamlessly used in modern urban spaces. The workers’ stress is overcome by the optimized vehicle layout, the open structure that enhances their active delivery routines and its professional visual language that uplifts their image.

Credits: Umeå Institute of Design and Salim Doğan Şekercioğlu
Contact: Salim Doğan Şekercioğlu:


Drywall scanning and cut-out system

The Drywall scanning and cut-out system allows efficient measuring and cutting of drywall for wall penetrations, such as plumbing, conduit and air ducts. The handheld laser scanner locates the position and size of the penetrations. The device creates an image of the scanned information, which is sent wirelessly to a router attachment. Using sonar location technology, the router attachment determines the tool’s location on the drywall sheet, allowing the user to make precise cuts.

Credits: Auburn University and Nathan Roche
Corporate Sponsor: DEWALT
Contact: Nathan Roche:


Harvesting sugarcane on hillside plantations

This sugarcane harvester was designed especially for operation on hillside plantations. Harvesting sugarcane on hillsides is typically performed by hand with a machete. The development of a machine harvester offers more humane working conditions and increased productivity. Its adjustable tilting platform and steering column offer the best ergonomic position in any terrain. The operator can drive the harvester while riding or walking behind it.

Credits: Umeå Institute of Design and Francisco Lindoro
Corporate Sponsor: Husqvarna AB
Contact: Francisco Lindoro:


Simple Life starts from the kitchen

The goal of this kitchen sink system was to create a better experience for people when preparing food. Users can easily cut, transport and clean ingredients with ease because all the work can be done within the same footprint of the sink. A cutting board and different sized containers for rinsing, draining and storing food easily nest in the rim of the sink and stack within each other.

Credits: Academy of Art University and Chun-Ming Wu
Contact: Chun-Ming Wu:


Tilt Cup

Tilt Cup is a cup with a clipped edge that enhances drying. When the cup is turned upside down, water flows along the inside wall and drains out through the gap created by the clipped edge. The tilted angle also enhances the weight balance so the cup can stand up by itself when overturned.

Credits: Tatung University and huang shi-hao
Contact: huang shi-hao:


metro dot

This bracelet-type transportation card was designed for the visually impaired. While in the subway, users can verify the station they are at or how many stations are left until their destination using the Braille on the bracelet. Also, vibrations from the bracelet will let riders know when to get off or when it is time to transfer so they do not have to worry about missing their stop.

Credits: Gachon University, Hoyeoul Lee, Jinwoo Kim and Sangyong Choi
Contact: Hoyeuol Lee:


Shudh Pani

Shudh Pani is a water purifier that costs approximately $1.50 and uses cotton, sand and charcoal as purifying agents. These elements together can purify 98 percent of the water, thus avoiding diseases like cholera and diarrhea. The purifier is made to sit on top of the traditional matka (water pot) that villagers already own so the purifier can become a natural addition to their way of life. The only maintenance required is to wash and dry the cotton cloth and the pot.

Credits: DSK ISD International School of Design, Anne-Laure Delva and Laura Erbacher
Contact: Guillaume Zaslavsky:



The AmoeBAND concept improves existing band-aids. It was inspired by amoebas, which are able to adjust their shape to their environment. The same AmoeBAND can be used on different parts of the hand. Simply tear off indicated sections to suit the specific spot on the hand: For fingers and finger joints, tear off the left and right side, for fingertips tear off the upper and lower sides, and for flat areas use the entire surface.

Credits: hih Chien University, Tay Pek-Khai, Hsu Hao-Ming, Tsai Cheng-Yu, Chen Kuei-Yuan, Chen Yi-Ting, Lai Jen-Hao, Ho Chia-Ying, Chen Ying-shan, Weng Yu-Ching and Chung Kuo-Ting
Contact: Pek Khai Tay:


Concave Lock

When you arrive home after dark it can be difficult to correctly insert your key into the keyhole. Concave Lock was designed to address this problem. An annulus device with fluorescent material illuminates the lock in the dark, and a concave surface on the lock helps users correctly slide the key into the keyhole on the first try.

Credits: National Chiao Tung University and Poh Liang-Hock
Contact: Liang-Hock Poh:



Touch-reader is a machine for learning Braille. When users touch the Braille on the surface, the machine reads the typed words out loud. The combination of touch and hearing aids comprehension, helping blind children learn Braille more effectively and more efficiently.

Credits: Zhejiang university, Han Like, Liu Peng, Wei Chengjie, Ren Mingjun and Yang Xiao
Corporate Sponsor: EVEN design
Contact: Han Like: