Ziba Design of Portland, Ore., won for a mobile, hands-free cellular telephone headset and FlexLoop-brand accessories from Logitech International SA's audio products business unit in Vancouver, Wash. FlexLoop products have an ear-bud housing of injection molded ABS and metallic rubberized paint. The cordless headset, priced at $99.99, has an injection molded ABS enclosure and injection molded TPE for soft-touch areas. Logitech introduced the products in January and reported instant market success.
Ziba also won two golds for utility winches from Warn Industries Inc. of Clackamas, Ore. The multipurpose Warn Works Utility Winch has a rotary switch housing and clutch paddle of injection molded nylon. Warn introduced the $149 product in September.
Philips Medical Systems-Heartstream in Seattle won for the first automatic external defibrillator to receive domestic regulatory clearance specifically for home use. The $2,295 HeartStart Home Defibrillator has an injection molded PC/ABS exterior case, HDPE pads cartridge with heat-sealable vapor barrier and a thermoformed foam and fabric carrying case. Philips designers simplified the defibrillation process through user trials and created an intuitive unit with easy-to-read graphics and voice prompts. The final design emerged in February 2002 and the product entered the market in November. Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is the parent firm.
Desmar Product Design and Barker Design Group won for the $948 Dryfield Illuminator from dental product manufacturer Isolite Systems Inc. Each firm is in Santa Barbara, Calif. The soft, one-piece, structural mouthpiece is injection molded of a clear thermoplastic elastomer. A practitioner disposes of the mouthpiece, which costs $2 to $2.35, after use with a single patient. The flexible device infuses adjustable light inside a patient's mouth, retracts the tongue and cheek and provides continuous on-demand aspiration. The system eliminates a practitioner's need for cotton rolls, bleached paper products, aspirator tips and water cups. The product cuts procedure time 30-70 percent, allows a dentist to work without an assistant in an emergency and increases patient comfort, according to the firms.
Designedge Inc. of Austin, Texas, and obstetric products firm Maternus Inc. of San Antonio were honored for the integrated, $7.50 Joey Clamp and Cutter. The device, used in one single-handed action, replaces three separate instruments needed for cutting and clamping a newborn child's umbilical cord. Polycarbonate forms the living hinges, and a variety of colored resins are suitable for the koala character.
PDD Ltd. of London won for designing the $38,000 Pogle Evolution digital film post-production controller from Pandora International Ltd. of Northfleet, England. The new model can control several monitors and up to six rack-mounted servers. Painted PU is used for the front, back and side parts, and injection molded ABS for the digitizer pen, dials, sliders and knobs.
Furniture manufacturer KI of Green Bay, Wis., and industrial design consultant Aaron DeJule of Chicago won for a technology-rich academic lectern. The top is 1-inch-thick, frosted acrylic with a scratch-resistant finish. Two recessed doors slide open to expose the touch-screen control panel. The lectern's basin of fiberglass provides support to the top and houses the control panel, keyboard tray, technology well and adjustment motor and controller. The column's outer shrouds are formed of sheet steel, and the inner telescoping frame consists primarily of steel tubes with nylon bushings. KI, the brand name for Krueger International Inc., introduced the product at a suggested retail price of $3,500.
Design firm fuseproject inc. of San Francisco won for work on the Architect Collection from Birkenstock Footprint Sandals Inc. of Novato, Calif. The polymer components are biodegradable. They include a PU gel pad inserted in the recycled cork/natural rubber insole and thermoplastic PU and cork-latex inserts in the sole. The footwear made its debut in December with suggested retail pricing of $200-$250.
The global consumer design department of Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor, Mich., and Cassinetta-Biandronno, Italy, received recognition for the Duet Fabric Care System and front-loading-washer design research. The Duet includes a $1,399, front-loading washer and matching, $799 dryer. The Duet's front body panels and outer doors are molded from thermoplastics - ABS for the washer and PVC for the dryer - with a fine in-mold texture. The plastic elements are attached to the stamped steel cabinet. Over time, the manufacturer can customize a product line's panel and door colors without changing the basic cabinet. Whirlpool introduced the system in October 2001 and is finding market demand outstripping supply.
Motorola Inc.'s personal communications sector of Libertyville, Ill., won for its V70 phone. The unit has an interior housing of injected molded ABS. Also on the interior, a soft plastic is applied for a tactile feel and forms the buttons of the translucent keypad. The V70's top rotates 360 degrees around the round display, rather than having the usual flip-up design.
Euforia Design Inc. of Savannah, Ga., won in the Design Explorations category for the Survival Pod, which has a housing fabricated of rotationally molded PP. The compact kit was designed to aid Mozambique victims subject to recurring floods and possibly be manufactured in the African nation.
Arvind Gupta, a student designer at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, received recognition for a concept for a recyclable modular hinge sandal. The injection molded components include a frame of reclaimed nylon type 6, an upper sleeve of tactile Santoprene and a bottom sleeve of durable thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer. A user can change the modular, low-cost sleeves to achieve a new look without purchasing new shoes. No post processing or glue is required.
Eight other gold award winners had notable use of some polymers in their designs:
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, for the firm's 17-inch, liquid-crystal-display personal television set.
Apple Computer Inc.'s industrial design group of Cupertino, Calif., for the 17- and 12-inch PowerBook G4 notebook computers.
IBM Corp. of Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Yamato, Japan, for a conceptual design exploring limitations of the ThinkPad series of notebook computers.
Moderns Ltd. of New York for a post-Sept. 11, three-dimensional, "spirit-healing" exhibit at American Express Co. headquarters in New York.
BMW AG of Munich, Germany, for the 2002 Mini Cooper S automobile, which is manufactured in Oxford, England.
BMW and its Designworks USA unit in Newbury Park, Calif., for an abstract Art of Car Design exhibit in Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne.
IDEO's Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters office and Moto Development Group of San Francisco for an ultraportable Pocket Digital camera from Fremont, Calif.-based Logitech. Separately, IDEO Palo Alto with Zinio Systems Inc. of Brisbane, Calif., won for a free software application, and IDEO Chicago and Gyrus ENT.LLC of Bartlett, Tenn., won for a research project on a surgical handpiece for ear-nose-throat surgeons.
Brian Carter, a student designer at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., for a design contrasting aspects of myriad low-energy, renewable and potentially sustainable materials with traditional polymer resins.