A Better Working Environment for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) enables CNAs to safely dispose of the bowel movement of elderly residents during their shower routine. It is safer, cleaner and reduces the burden on the CNA by cutting back on the number of steps they need to take if the unexpected happens.
The One Degree High Performance Dinghy Shoe was designed to protect athletes in high-performance sailing fleets against the sport’s strain on the feet. The shoe aims at being more durable, more flexible, lighter and equipped to drain water without sacrificing protection or body warmth. Current footwear used by sailing athletes fulfills only a limited number of needs. One Degree’s design targets a hybrid solution, taking the benefits from a variety of different styles of footwear to address a greater number of sport-specific expectations. Sailors are often left borrowing performance products, and in particular footwear, from parallel industries. The One Degree shoe targets the needs of the sport itself at a competitive price. The shoe is more durable than the competition and was directly designed with the demands of the sailing athlete in mind. Users do not have to compromise on comfort and protection for flexibility. One Degree represents the launch of a brand effort that provides high-performance products to sailing athletes. The brand aims to grow from footwear into apparel and digital training in an effort to champion the sport at a global scale and lower the entry barrier to up-and-coming athletes. The biggest challenge with the development of One Degree was creating the business case for launching a brand from the ground up. With the industry of high-performance sailing being relatively small in comparison to parallel industries such as surfing, the space for a profitable innovative product remained small. It was essential, however, to launch an effort that stood free of existing brands on the market. Current sailing athletes are rather isolated geographically, thus assisting greatly in the sport’s segmentation, allowing for only the more traditional and mainstream sailing look to be applicable to audiences outside of the sport. This has pushed nautical apparel brands to develop very little technology, while making most profits off of sailing lifestyle apparel. Subsidizing the costs of manufacturing while still promising a durable, reliable and performance-driven product was the foremost challenge. Working on site with Hong Kong manufacturers ensured that the design would be competitive. The shoe is easy to manufacture, easy to assemble and easy to disassemble. A common problem is the fast deterioration of neoprene often forcing users to purchase an entirely new shoe: In this case, the neoprene lining is replaceable, allowing for a longer-lasting product with easily interchangeable parts. The aesthetics of the shoe are also trend-defining and are designed to appeal to a younger and more extreme audience.
The ERGONIUM - Personal head protection for miners is a miner's helmet designed to minimize work-related injuries and prevent irreversible vertebrae damage. It provides both head protection and comfort during long work hours. It features a balanced weight distribution, which reduces stress, load and fatigue.
Designed by Maxime (Dax) Dubreucq of Umea Institute of Design
The Funnel is a food-steaming appliance that features a scale that accurately controls the quantity and pressure of water injection. In addition to water injection, it ensures there isn’t any steam leakage or reflux, which can affect the food and overall effectiveness.
Designed by Haimo Bao, Jiwei Huang, Xiang Liu, Yongqiang Wang, Xiaobu Jia, Kun Xu, Song Qiao, Jiwei Zhang and Mingcang He of School of Design, Dalian Nationalities University
Despite its characteristics such as greater energy efficiency and life expectancy in comparison to incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps contain toxic residues which may contaminate the environment in case of inappropriate discard or accidents regarding its handling and transportation. FLC sustainable, beyond a mere package, proposes a new kind of relationship between the consumer and the compact fluorescent lamp package by facilitating the return of the replaced, old or damaged bulb to its manufacturer and its due recycling.
Pivot: Empowering Trafficked Victims is a product with a hidden message intended to help victims of human trafficking become aware of their rights and the organizations that can help them. Because the information is hidden inside an everyday product, it can reach victims without their captors’ knowledge and without direct service-provider-to-victim contact.
SAFEWAVE is a robotic rescue buoy for beach authorities who are unable to employ professional lifeguards. It is designed to locate and rescue people from strong, dangerous and ultimately life-threatening rip currents. Guided by a laser pointer and sonar sensors, SAFEWAVE can quickly locate and reach the victim using powerful dual hydro jets. Just before the rescue, it inflates with compressed air to transform into a floating V-shape, which is easy to hold on to while being transported to shore.
The ERO Concrete Recycling Robot was designed to efficiently disassemble concrete structures without any waste, dust or separation and enable reclaimed building materials to be reused for new prefabricated concrete buildings. It does so by using a water jet to crack the concrete surface, separate the waste and package the cleaned, dust-free material.
Life-on is a roof tile designed to accommodate each of the seasons and provide warming or cooling benefits appropriate to the time of year. The tiles are able to grow grass. During the summer months, the grass blocks sunlight and keeps the interior of the house much cooler than a typical roof. In addition, the grass helps with the absorption of carbon dioxide from the air, the release of oxygen back into the environment and the purification of the air; it also enhances the appearance of the house and the surrounding neighborhood.
The eZtap in an innovative solution that improves the rubber tapping process. Rubber tapping is the process of collecting latex from a rubber tree. It works by making an incision in the bark of a tree, which makes it possible for the latex to flow freely down the side of the tree and into a collection cup. The eZtap was designed to enable users to save time and energy and to increase the amount of latex collected.