7. IDEA Gold Award For Medical & Scientific Products: Nanopoint Microfluidics Controller
Credit: Peter Bristol, Stephanie Barnes and the industrial design and
engineering teams of Carbon Design Group, and the engineering team of
same group that developed the Pathway System, above, won another gold
for its Nanopoint Microfluidics Controller, a device for researchers
that provides life support to cells being studied in an accompanying
cellTRAY Fluidics System. The Microfluids Controller regulates
temperature, micro-deliveries of nutrients and drugs, and removes the
metabolic waste from the bio-incubator. Wrap your mind around that....
8. IDEA Gold Award For Design Strategy: Human-Centered Design Toolkit
Credit: Tatyana Mamut, Jessica Hastings, Fidel Calderon, Scott Tong and Sandy Speicher of IDEO.
A Toolkit designed
to ultimately assist poor farmers in developing countries to improve
their lives, the kit is directed to the non-governmental agencies and
social organizers in these countries to support their fieldwork in data
analysis, idea generation and prototyping, and implementation
planning. It is available in print and online and is free to these
9. IDEA Gold Award For Research: Project Cooper
Credit: Industrial Design
Cooper was a vast study of thyroid surgeons throughout the US and
Europe to ascertain their needs, preferences, and concepts for
improvements in thyroid surgeries. The outcome of this study resulted
in the device pictured, a new tool used in delicate surgeries that has
demonstrated positive results for surgeons and their patients.
10. IDEA Gold Award For Student Designs: Energy Seed
Credit: Sungwoo Park of Samsung Design Membership/Kookmin
University (South Korea) and Sunhee Kim of Chung-Ang University (South
There were several IDEA Gold Awards given to student designs. Energy Seeds
should have been on the streets decades ago so we could have deposited
our used batteries responsibly. Better late than never though, this
brilliantly conceived LED street lamp acts as a repository for old
batteries and uses whatever is left in them to light the lamp and
thereby the street. This flower comes alive at night!
There were hundreds of winning designs at this years IDEA competition. To see them all visit the IDEA 2009 Design Gallery and select a category.
IDEA 2009 Design Gallery
Photo sources: Business Week, LightLane.