These are The Top Eight Electrolux Design Lab 09 finalists, listed in no particular order. There are other very cool design ideas that didn’t make the cut, and will be posted separately.
Le Petit Prince by Martin Miklica, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
The Prince is a robotic greenhouse designed for the upcoming exploration and population of Mars. It takes care of a plant it carries inside its glass case, which is mounted on top of its four-legged pod. In search of nutrients to care for the plant, the Prince is programmed to intuitively learn the optimal method for this process. It also shares everything with its fellow greenhouse robots via wireless communication so that they can learn from each other.
Bifoliate by Toma Brundzaite, Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania
Bifoliate is a space-saving, wall-mounted double dishwasher that will allow you to put dirty dishes in one compartment and use the other as a shelf for clean dishes, No more bending and reaching for dishes. The dishwasher uses ultrasonic wave technology to clean making it more efficient and eco-friendly than today’s dishwashers.
Naturewash by Zhenpeng Li, Zhejiang University, China
Naturewash is a horizontal waterless washing machine that uses negative ions to wash nano-coated fabrics. It has three touch screen settings – clean clothes, grass scent and flower scent. You will be able to just lie or sit on Naturewash to clean or refresh the clothes you are wearing. For a more thorough clean, clothes can be placed flat on the washer.
Moléculaire by Nico Kläber, Köln International School of Design, Germany
Moléculaire is the 3D molecular food printer, influenced by chefs that scientifically and painstakingly experiment with food and food states to surprise and provoke fresh ideas in cooking. Currently this requires great skill, time and knowledge. The Moléculaire simplifies the process and acts as a computer numerical control food printer for both professional and domestic kitchens, autonomously preparing difficult to create two and three dimensional parts of meals. It works with a layer by layer printing process using small particles from diverse ingredients, providing simplicity, accuracy, repeatability and, of course, great tasting food.
Water Catcher by Penghao Shan, Zhejiang Sci-tech University, China
Water Catcher is a flying rain catcher and water purifier, created to addresses water shortage. This automated device dispatches small flying balls in the air to catch raindrops. Then the balls return to a homing tray that purifies the water for drinking. Once purified, the balls are yours to drink. The homing tray shall also read your fingerprints to determine what additives should be added to the water for better health.
Renew by Louis Filosa, Purdue University, USA
Renew is a smart steamer that refreshes and cleans clothes using two steam blades. An infrared scanner and radio frequency identification (RFID) gather information about a garment from specifically designed clothing tags. The steamer shuts off the steamer if an unidentified object is detected. An OLED touch screen will allow you to interact with Renew and learn about their clothing. At 25% the size of a current washing machine, Renew conserves space and is made of recycled aluminum and glass.
Cocoon by Rickard Hederstierna, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
Cocoon is a sustainable response to the world’s growing population and its desire to consume meat and fish. Cocoon cooks genetically engineered and prepackaged meat and fish dishes by heating muscle cells identified by radio frequency identification (RFID) signals. The signals detect the specific dish and then suggest the required cooking time. This process uses science to create food and reduces the need for further intensive farming and fishing as well as the negative effects of the mass transportation of food around the world, clearing of land and distortion of ecosystems.
Teleport Fridge by Dulyawat Wongnawa, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Teleport Fridge teleports food, eliminating the time and distance needed to travel to buy fresh groceries or products from a store or farm. Using touch-screen technology as the interface for the teleportation process, the Teleport Fridge simply teleports food to its refrigeration and freezer sections.