Thirst-Quenching Trees

Thirst-Quenching Trees

Designed for use in tropical desert areas of Africa and the Americas where temperatures vary greatly between day and night, the Hope Tree is a large tree-shaped device that absorbs moisture from the air to supply drinking water. The design’s expansive folded surface of the canopy directs H20 particles to the central column to be filtered. Then, fresh, drinkable water can be collected via the easy-access base. 

0 Designers: Various

The blanky for when things gets shaky!

The blanky for when things gets shaky!

Living in Los Angeles’s recently active earthquake alley, my neighbors and I are interested in products like the Second Skin blanket more now than ever! This emergency protection blanket was designed for immediate use after a devastating quake. Both a temporary shelter and a stretcher, it makes it easier for untrained volunteers to assist in rescue efforts. It’s also brightly colored so those in need are easy to spot amidst the rubble.

0 Designer: Nick Dephoff

Easy Urban Hen House

Easy Urban Hen House

Nest is a kit-set hen house and supporting system designed specifically for first-time hen keepers in urban areas who can provide refuge for spent hens (hens considered unusable by farms). To minimize damage to the owner’s property, the house has been designed to rotate 360 degrees on a ground spike and bearing system. Other key features include a regulator in the roof to control light and air flow and a specialized slatted floor which allows dropping to fall through into a wood shavings mix that helps prevent odor. 

0 Designer: Stacey Kenny

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Conventional hearing aids come with a lot of short comings. Loud noises making the wearer feel irritable, the awkwardness of wearing bigger sized hearing aids and many more. The CLOSE is an attempt at an alternative system to provide speech input to the hearing impaired by means of tactile sensations.

0 Designers: Zhengmu Fang, Liang Wenshan & Liu Junming

Sound Solution

Sound Solution

It is an irony that the very properties that makes a noise cancellation earphone desirable, can also deem it hazardous. Even though it feels nice to get disconnected from the chaos and din of the streets, the feature also renders you deaf to possible warning sounds such as the honking of a car or a bicycle bell. The ‘Master Your Sound’ earphones are designed to provide the best of both worlds with a feature to turn noise cancellation on and off at will.

0 Designer: Ye Yuan

Spray the Right Way

Spray the Right Way

Maybe it’s because you were groggy in the morning, or maybe that you didn’t have your glasses on… whatever the reason, we’ve all accidentally sprayed ourselves with hairspray, perfume, cologne or something like it! The Free-Hole Spray bottle and nozzle ensures that never happens again! Six holes are arranged around a silicon button. When pressed, the malleable button covers all the holes except for the one in the direction you’re pointing.

0 Designers: Various

Be tangle-free until we're cable-free!

Be tangle-free until we’re cable-free!

Untile we go completely wireless, earphone cords and mobile phone charging cables are must haves… which means tangles and knots aren’t going anywhere soon either. The Pop-up Cord Wrap aims to resolve the problem of cable management so they stay organized and tangle-free for easy access. The design contains 3 compartments for different sized cables. Made entirely of rubber, it pops up so cables can be coiled and pushes back to store them neatly. Whichever layer you need, just pop it out!

0 Designers: Various

Boat Blade

Boat Blade

The blade in a boat engine is sharp enough to hurt sea creatures and humans, alike. Weeds and plants too can wreck it. The Air Booster is a redesign that removes the propeller blades and uses air pressure to move the boat. A safer out look no doubt, but will it work? That is the question!

0 Designers: Gangyoon Chang, HoYeon Kim, Kiwon Lee & Jiman Lee

Safe Ejection

Safe Ejection

The Maru is a flash disk that has an in-built safety feature that ensures that the drive is safely ejected – always! The LED ring indicates when the stick is in use and when it’s safe to eject it. This intuitive feature of push-to-remove eliminates the various cumbersome steps one has to take while safely removing a hardware from the computer. Sweet!

0 Designer: Ahmet Burak Aktas

Vernacular Versatility

Vernacular Versatility

This architectural accomplishment takes inspiration from traditional Korean Hanok houses that are defined by their wooden structural systems, curvy tiled roofs and strong formal gestures. The core structural element is known as Gagu – the point under the roof where column meets beam and girder without additional fasteners like nails. Using new modeling software, these traditional elements are merged with modern know-how to create a high-rise structure to meet contemporary purposes that also pays homage to the iconic, historically one-story residences.

0 Designer: Yong Ju Lee

Waaaaay Wireless

Waaaaay Wireless

Simply called Circle, this minimalistic charger/speaker combo combines the best in Bluetooth and Qi technology to form the ultimate wireless docking station. Just throw your Qi-enabled smartphone down for instantaneous power and immediately activate your tunes for 360 degree streaming sound — all without ugly, cumbersome cords!

0 Designer: Jae Young Jang

When Efficient is an Understatement

When Efficient is an Understatement

The NTNU student team’s entry for the Shell Eco Marathon can travel nearly 1000 miles on the equivalent energy of just one liter of gas! How is that even possible?! The answer is with a calculated blend of electric battery tech and ultra-lightweight materials. Its monocoque shell is constructed around a carbon fiber frame, helping the vehicle to weigh in at an unbelievable 154 pounds! The final design is an ideal fusion between aerodynamics, lightness and contemporary car design. Watch it come to life —>

0 Designer: NTNU Team

Glow-in-the-dark Buoy

Glow-in-the-dark Buoy

The Solar LED Lifebuoy makes perfect sense in a rescue scenario. It’s basically a simple lifesaver with some solar tech applied to it. The benefit of the concept is that incase you’re overboard and with this lifesaver around you, spotting you in low lights will not be an issue. Moreover the solar tech takes care of the battery charging part.

0 Designer: Xianlong Wen