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Launched by the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) in 2013, the Singapore Good Design Mark aims to recognise well- designed products and services. So far, 176 projects have received the award.

While this year's showing is smaller than last year's, when there were 45 winners, DBCS president Tai Lee Siang notes that the quality of projects has improved. Entries are judged according to six criteria, including sustainability, which means that projects had to minimise their environmental footprint. The mark aims to show the public what good design is and that the concept of design is beyond aesthetics, says Mr Tai. "People still have a very narrow definition of design. They think that design is about interior or aesthetic design, but everything that you can see, touch and feel has an element of design."

Here are five winning works.

1. SCORPIO URBAN RECONNAISSANCE ROBOT BY SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

This invention seems to have come out of a science-fiction novel as the spider-shaped robot is the first of its kind to be able to crawl, climb walls and roll. Specially designed for urban reconnaissance missions, the 12cmtall robot is capable of taking photographs and mapping out areas in 2D. Created by a team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the robot will help ensure the safety of its security personnel.

The design was inspired by an endangered spider species, says the project's head researcher, Dr Mohan Rajesh Elara, 34. "We looked to nature to extract design principles," he says, adding that the robot's rolling feature was inspired by the spider's ability to roll down surfaces with minimal effort. Despite the complexity of its design, the robot can be operated easily through a mobile application, he says.

For more information, go to temasek-labs.sutd.edu.sg