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The Bike Shelf by Knife & Saw
Functional. Minimal. And most importantly, affordable. The award-winning Original Bike Shelf by Knife & Saw is a new innovative way to store your bike. A perfect way to display and store your bike in your apartment, room, or common area without taking up much space. Use it as a shelf and put books on top, a lamp, or even your riding gear. Bike Shelf is the slimmest and by far the most affordable. With a Bike Shelf affixed to your wall, you can keep your bike indoors by slipping it into the level slot and plop your helmet, keys, or your collection of rare books right on top. Weighing in at 15 pounds, built out of solid black walnut or white ash.

"Dreamtime" Alarm Clock by Vera Wiedermann
By filling the alarm clock with water, we focus our attention on the duration of sleep. Crafted out of copper and glass, and filled with water, the clock sees the passage of time occur silently. As the drops of water fall, the glass bowl becomes lighter and finally lets the hammer fall.

The WHEYLAYER project developed a whey protein-coating for plastic films able to replace currently used expensive synthetic oxygen-barrier layers used in packaging such as EVOH. It solves multiple environmental challenges: finding new commercial use of currently discarded cheese by-product, replacing petroleum-based plastics with natural bioplastics while safeguarding the performances and enhancing the recyclability of multilayer films, thus adding huge value for the packaging and food industries.

Rain Drops by Evan Gant

Rain water is a largely untapped resource, especially in many developing countries where clean water is scarce. Water harvesting consists of three main components: a catchment area (generally a roof), a gutter system and a water storage area. The water storage area is by far the most expensive portion of this system, which makes it out of reach for many families. The RainDrops system simply allows people to adapt standard plastic bottles to an existing gutter system to collect rain water. This changes water storage from the most to the least expensive part of the system. These are much easier to clean and replace than larger storage units. The repurposing of these plastic bottles will also give value to many bottles that are otherwise headed for landfills. Corruption in the water sector is a real problem in many developing countries. The scalability of this system helps to give more power to the communities in need.

Rokii is a baby rocker and child's chair that converts to a ride on toy, for use from newborn to preschool age.
The idea is that it can be used as a baby rocker for soothing newborns, a kid's chair up to preschool age, a modern update on the rocking horse, or a wheeled ride on toy.
It grows and adapts as your family grows. It's built to last and look great whilst making your life a little bit easier.

Plastic bottle carrier by Ka-Lai-Chan
It is a solution to encourage people to return their recyclable PET bottles. The flat rubber-like disk has ten opening whereby one can easily slip the nozzles of the empty bottles through the holes. The lightweight design has a built-in handle making it user-friendly to carry around, encouraging green behavior.

Save food from the fridge by Jihyun Ryou
Mrs. Ryou has developed a series of modern designs that rely on traditional techniques, learned from her grandmother and other elderly people in the community. Food will taste better, may even last longer and reduce energy bills. An example is the shelf which while keeping roots in a vertical position, allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. This shelf gives a place for them to stand easily, using sand. At the same time, sand helps to keep the proper humidity.

Ecolite Cat litter by StudioAparte
This cat litter recycles waste paper into a molded paper pulp litter box. Not only does the box take little energy to produce, it can also be broken down and flushed or composted at the end of its useful life.

NOISEZERO O+ by Micheal Young
The world's first over-ear headphones made from recyclable materials. Fashioned from recyclable stainless steel, aluminum and cornstarch bio-plastics, each pair of headphones comes with a microphone and remote module on the headphone cable that let people control playback as well as the volume level of iPhone, iPad and iPod.

100% recyclable tire by Bridgestone
A new kind of tire, an air-free concept supported by a mesh of spokes that are made of thermoplastic resin. The material is flexible and durable, and best of all, it's 100-percent recyclable.

Sun Ovens by Tom Burns for Sun Oven
This oven bakes, boils, or steams any kind of food with the power of the sun - no fuel needed. Moreover It keeps house cool in the summer by keeping the heat from cooking outside. Temperatures rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavors and prevents burning.

Amateur bee keeper by Philips
Transforms your home window into a swank bee hive. The pod-like hive attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass. Once affixed, the glass covered pod on the inside of the window would allow you to peer into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the bees the freedom come and go. Best of all, with the pull of a small cord you can have all of the fresh honey you want.

Solar backpack laptop charger by Voltaic
It gives the option to recharge laptop and other gadgets even if the sun isn't shining. Incorporating a battery with a sewn in 10 watt monocrystal solar module, the setup has two power ports and four voltage settings connected to the 60 watt battery.

Wooden Mouse by AlestRukov
AlestRukov computer "mice" provide a twist and an alternative to traditional plastic PC accessories. Sleek and silky to the touch, high quality industrial woods make up the mouse body and natural linseed oil and carnauba wax are applied as a finishing protective coat.

Pocket Light by Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee for Yankodesign
About the size of a credit card and powered by a small cell. Flip up the lightbulb shaped cut-out to switch on the soft, mellow, glow of bliss. What's the point? Novel - next time you have a bright idea, you can have an actual light bulb "bling!" on.

The AirMouse, made by Canadian firm Deanmark Ltd., is worn like a glove and is designed to prevent those little hand injuries associated with stagnet computer use.
Deanmark founders Mark Bajramovic and Oren Tessler met in college. As a student, Mark explains- "Half way through our first year, I developed a computer mouse related RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) and lost the use of my right hand and arm for several weeks. Numbness, pain, most things that you hear about with RSI's, I had it."
Later that semester, Mark and Oren heard about an ergonomic mouse being marketed in Europe. While they thought that particular product wasn't perfect, it got them thinking about designing their own, and so the AirMouse was born.

Designer Chueh Lee over at Samsung has designed what may be the worlds first camera for the blind, the "Touch Sight".
"Touch Sight is a revolutionary digital camera designed for visually impaired people. Simple features make it easy to use, including a unique feature which records sound for three seconds after pressing the shutter button. The user can then use the sound as reference when reviewing and managing the photos. Touch Sight does not have an LCD but instead has a lightweight, flexible Braille display sheet which displays a 3D image by embossing the surface, allowing the user to touch their photo. The sound file and picture document combine to become a touchable photo that is saved in the device and can be uploaded to share with others-and downloaded to other Touch Sight cameras."

The new Solay concept running shoe by continuum comes with a modular, removable mid-sole which easily can be changed by the runner whenever a new sole is needed.
During the course of a training, many of the marathon and distance runners usually have to replace running shoes every 3 months, as the thick foamed mid sole in the shoe gets compressed and loses the resiliency, which provides critical support needed for the runner's feet. This thus prolongs the life of the shoes by several months and allows the runners to train in the shoes with which they has become comfortable. So just run the long race.

The Jaipur Knee, designed by students in Stanford University as the Biodesign-sponsored project, has been selected as one of Time Magazine's Top 50 Inventions for 2009.
The Biodesign-sponsored project was a prosthetic knee designed to meet the needs of the medically-underserved. The resulting device can be manufactured for around $30. The device was designed under the auspices of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) in Jaipur, India, home of the renowned Jaipur prosthetic foot. Two of the students who designed the device are shown here in Jaipur, India where they were able to test the device.

The Bamboo Bike Project is a project by Scientists and Engineers at The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and aims to examine the feasibility of implementing cargo bikes made of bamboo as a sustainable form of transportation in Africa.
BBP has examined the feasibility of employing native bamboo for bicycle frames, instead of the expensive and technically demanding carbon fiber material, or even the less expensive but also technically demanding aluminum or chromium-molybdenum steel that is commonly used to build bicycle frames.

Efficient Home by Mathieu Lehanneur for energy company Schneider Electric
Conceived to monitor electricity consumption in the home, the range features prototypes for six devices that could be mounted onto appliances and provide information on the amount of energy being consumed.

The Disko SU 1 by DeepDesign
A wireless outdoor lighting and sound diffuser with your playlist coming directly from your computer to trace visual and sonorous paths.

The Copenhagen Wheel invented by Christine Outram and a team of students at MIT's SENSEable City Lab.

Jonny Cohen of Highland Park, Illinois, began developing GreenShields in 2008 with the help of his sister and her friends. GreenShields is a Plexiglas shield intended for retrofit on school buses to make them more aerodynamic and, in turn, reduce their carbon dioxide output.

Tadpole Bike Light, design Samuel Adams. A quick release bike light - simple, intuitive to use and fits a wide range of diameters. It uses 2 way snap fits eliminating fasteners therefore reducing production costs and environmental footprint. A simple way to facilitate riding your bike at night.

Loop Cap by Klean Kanteen®. The Loop Cap was designed with athletes and multitaskers in mind. The handy attachment loop makes it easy to clip a Klean Kanteen® onto backpack, climbing harness, messenger bag or any other place where quick, easy access is needed.

Floor mats by Freedom Of Creation for Hyundai QarmaQ concept car. Janne Kyttanen addressed the need for a very resistant floor mat that can be easily made in different versions by the manufacturer (without long and costly re-design of manufacturing processes for the product, and without creating new tools for the production of eventual designs of different shapes). The product was new, innovative, stylish and decreased the environmental footprint for manufacture, for maintenance and in extending the life cycle of the product. The design form (similar to a honeycomb-like structure) also facilitates cleaning by a simple shake and rinse if necessary and - for clean fanatics - are dishwasher safe.

Travelmate fireplace by Conmoto.
Because sometimes having a heat source that is sustainable just isn't enough... a stylized form unmistakably conveys the notion that this item is not bound to any fixed location. An example of how one company introduced mobility into a sustainable product to make it more attractive to consumers.

"MiBike" by Daniel for the PBS 2010 Trash to Treasure competition.

The inspiration for Daniel's invention came from his daily walk to and from school, "My back aches a lot from hauling heavy books to and fro. I want to ride my bike, but the big backpack makes me lose balance.

Moscardino "spork" designed by Giulio Iacchetti and Matteo Ragni for Pandora Design. Single use cutlery in biodegradable plastic isn't always enough to make people want to use them. These Italian designers combined two functions into a fun new form to make this sustainable and appealing cutlery.
The spork is made of Mater-Bi, a completely biodegradable starch-based plastic, which stands up to repeated use and prolonged contact with liquids, achieving 90 percent degradation in about 50 days under normal aerobic composting conditions.

Chocolate, a French design company located in China, made the idea of a kinetic energy watch more attractive by incorporating the idea of portable picture storage. This new "e-paper" solution gives your watch a new fashion lift by turning it into a fashion statement that the user controls through the selection and change of the desired pictures.

Poor Little Goldfish Sink by Chinese designer Yan Lu illustrates how important it is to save water: if you spend too long washing your hands, the fish loses its real estate. (Don't worry - there are safety measures to protect the fish!)

Designer light bulbs by Plumen. To increase the popularity of long lasting fluorescent light bulbs, Plumen has added a designer's touch.


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