Learning Thermostat™ – selected by Aric Chen

Designed by Nest

Launched by Tony Fadell, the groundbreaking Nest thermostat has the sublimely minimal, intuitive design that one would expect from an Apple alumnus, with the software to match: it automatically adjusts itself to one’s home and daily routines, with the potential for significant energy savings.


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Geek Bike Shoes – selected by Sarah Miller

Designed by Tracey Neuls

Tracey Neuls designs stylish, yet practical shoes. The Geek style has cats eyes
embedded in their rubber soles to reflect as you bicycle or walk through a city at
night – genius.

Earlier this year, the Geek Bike shoes were nominated in The Design Museum’s
prestigious Designs of the Year awards.


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Air Access – designed by PriestmanGoode.

Air Access is a concept to facilitate air travel for passengers with reduced mobility.
The design consists of two elements: a detachable wheelchair by which passengers
can be transported onto and off the plane, and a fixed-frame aisle seat on the
aircraft into which the wheelchair is mated to create a regular airline seat.

As designers, we strive to improve things, not just for the immediate future, but for
the long-term. There is a demographic shift sweeping across the World: the
population is ageing, life expectancy is increasing, obesity levels are rising and
PRMs account for a larger proportion of the population than ever before. And it’s
almost certain that all of us will at some point experience mobility issues. Air Access
is a concept for the future of airline travel that will provide a pleasant experience for
passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.


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Air purifying billboard – selected by PriestmanGoode.

Designed by The University of Engineering and Technology Peru

The air purifying billboard is the pinnacle of creativity and innovation, and shows
some very clever use of advertising in public spaces.

Designed by the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima, Peru, this
advertising billboard, at first glance, aims to inspire young engineers to join the
university’s cutting edge programmes.

Importantly, however, this billboard is made of a specially developed material that
scrubs air clean of contaminated particles and purifies it. A single billboard doing
the job of approximately 1200 trees, this ingenious design works by combining
polluted air with water, using basic thermodynamic principles to actively dissolve
pollutants in water to release fresh air. The billboard can purify up to 100,000 cubic
meters of air every day, vastly improving air quality in urban areas. Currently
installed in Lima, we hope this bright idea soon makes its way into city centres the
world over.



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Orto Perpetuo – selected by PriestmanGoode.

Designed by Antonio Scarponi and Bulbo™

Orto perpetuo is an indoor hydroponic garden for growing fruit & veg at home all

We think this is a bright idea because not only does it help with reducing strain on
food resources by enabling people to grow their own in urban environments and
reducing food miles, but in today’s fast paced world, it helps to slow things down.
And it’s a great way to stay connected to nature for people living in concrete

Orto perpetuo combines ELIOOO – an hydroponic system made out of IKEA boxes
by Antonio Scarponi – and the Quadra, a LED light (14W) for growing vegetables
produced by BULBO™. The system can grow up to 24 plants and consumes less
than 50 watt.




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WinSenga – selected by Ravi Naidoo

Designed by Cipher256 (Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma)

WinSenga is a low cost mobile antenatal app that helps increase access to quality
and timely antenatal care and monitor foetal heart rate during labour, especially in
rural areas. The device, which is placed on a women’s abdomen just like a regular
horn, connects to a Windows-based phone running an app that basically plays the
part of an experienced midwife’s ear. The system picks up the fetal heart rate,
transmits it to the phone, and then the phone runs an analysis. The app, developed
in conjunction with medics for the UN agency Unicef then recommends a course of
action, if any, for the mother and her unborn child.


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