Air taxi and motion-sensor timer among winners at Red Dot Awards
Ever fantasised of getting to your destination in a flying taxi? Well, it may not be as far-fetched as you might think. German company Lilium is currently testing out its Lilium Jet, an all-electric aircraft capable of transporting five passengers and can travel 300km in just an hour on a single charge. It takes off and lands vertically, thanks to 36 tilting jet engines spread across two sets of wings. Eventually, it will be capable of flying autonomously.
For their efforts, Lilium beat over 4000 entries to be awarded the top prize, the Red Dot: Luminary at this year’s Red Dot Award: Design Concept competition.
It is the largest and most recognised professional design competition for design concepts and prototypes worldwide, accepting entries from companies to design students.
On the Lilium Jet, Red Dot juror Professor Lutz Fügener says, “One of the best solutions ever seen is the project’s use of energy. What they brought together is the usability of the helicopter and the flying behaviour of an airplane. As a product of the future, this brings confidence into a new market of transportation design.”
BEST OF THE BEST AND LUMINARY WINNER by Lilium, Germany
Forget having to deal with Grab drivers that cancel on you or take too long to appear. The Lilium Jet is the air taxi of the future. Forget runways, the all-electric Lilium takes off and lands vertically right on your doorstep. Just like how you book a cab through an app, the company plans to operate the Lilium Jet as an app-based mobility solution that is affordable, environmentally-friendly and available on-demand.
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER by South China University of Technology, China
Designed specifically for kitchen use, the No-Touch Timer allows users to set a timer without having to touch it. This is especially useful when fingers get dirty during prep work or while baking. Adjust the distance of the hand from the timer to set the exact time needed. The No-Touch Timer uses infrared sensors to detect how far the hands are away from the device, and converts it to a corresponding time value.
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER AND LUMINARY NOMINEE by Panasonic Corporation, Japan
Gift Look will change the way packages are presented. Made of recycled plastic, it’s shaped like a bag, but with tubes of air built-in to protect the item inside. It can adapt to different product shapes, and the material is completely reusable. No more messing with wrapping paper, or fiddling with cardboard packaging that gets thrown away eventually.
THE PAPER CLAY AIR-HUMIDIFIER
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER by Maxime Louis-Courcier, France
While Singapore is currently dealing with the haze, other countries suffer from dry air that causes skin irritation. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, but most require electricity to work. Enter the Paper Clay Air-Humidifier, a sustainable home humidifier with an absorbent paper earthenware surface which works without electricity. The humidifier is made of a corrugated, porous earthenware structure which gradually absorbs the water from the base. Water evaporates through pores to moisten the room.
VIEW CHANGE (right)
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER by Dongguan GAFA Cultures & Creativity Institute, China
Ever gone to a packed concert and wished you were taller, so you don’t have to tiptoe to see the stage? Short of standing on stilts, View Change could be the solution. The eyewear is conceptualised like a pair of periscope-like goggles to give the wearer new perspectives, from an elevated angle, as well as the side and the rear.
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER by UV Architecture, China
Most people in China cycle, which makes the country unofficially known as the Kingdom of Bicycles. According to UV Architecture, a huge number of abandoned bicycles flood the streets. These bicycles are picked up and upcycled into mobile tables for indoor and outdoor use. Each Bike-Table is made using steel frames and foldable steel handles, and are easily disassembled for packing and shipping. The original bicycle wheels and brakes are turned into table supports and stabilisation.
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER by Lu Di, China
What will traditional sushi masters make of this? The Complete Plate is a plate designed for serving sushi with an integrated ‘dish’ to accommodate the soy sauce. The sauce is poured on the shallow outer ring. The design eliminates the guesswork about how much soy sauce is enough for your sushi. Simply swipe the food through the soy sauce, and the sauce will be evenly dipped to the appropriate amount.
BOU BIKE (right)
BEST OF THE BEST WINNER by College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand
The Bou Bike lets kids aged two to five build their own balance bike or scooter using basic tools, Bou components and oversized fasteners. Its designers believe that this building process helps kids develop motor and cognitive development. Even as the child grows older, he can continue to raise his skills by physically altering Bou and seamlessly progress towards building a pedal bike.
The winners of Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2019 are now on display till Oct 28 at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, at 11 Marina Boulevard.
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