Designers for Ammunition Group of San Francisco won a top award for a modular consumer electronics creation platform for Nascent Objects of San Carlos, Calif.
The platform combines computer-aided-design tools, 3-D printed circuitry and a library of electronic component modules. A processor injection molds plastic for the housing of the modules.
Among pilot products, the CouCou has an outer shell of an ABS/PC blend.
Credits go to Steve Sangik Lee, Achille Biteau, Victoria Slaker and Robert Brunner.
Treo: Medical & health
Designers in Milwaukee for GE Healthcare, an operating segment of General Electric Co., won a top award for the Treo advanced concept for the future of mobile medical imaging.
Materials include white molded ABS for the covers, PU for the imaging detector, die cast aluminum for the flexible hinged links and glass for the imaging emitter cover.
Development in GE Healthcare's global design studio started in mid-2015. The device is not for sale.
Treo addresses the issue of on-demand patient care and reflects thoughts on the future of mobile radiology. In fact, the concept reimagines the current state of brick-and-mortar medical imaging equipment and envisions an evolving mobile product category that a new entity, GE Imaging, targets for its magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and x-ray businesses.
Wielgus Product Models Inc. of Chicago produced a hand-finished appearance model of the Treo concept using 3-D printing.
Other top winners
• An in-house design team for technology startup Hammerhead of New York won a top award for a rugged intelligent navigation device for cyclists.
Designers prototyped 47 iterations of the Hammerhead One in working with individuals and focus groups and refining the design, material, finish and internal electronic components. The product was introduced in May 2015.
Materials include PP, TPE and nylon 6/6.
The system includes the device and a handlebar mount that is Garmin quarter-turn compatible. The system is projected to retail for $120 when it is available in stores.
Credits go to Piet Morgan, Laurence Wattrus, Raveen Beemsingh and Julio Radesca.
• Designers in three Ohio locations won a top award for a digital health platform catering to all users regardless of abilities or handicaps.
The Access Strength-brand platform combines fitness/rehabilitation equipment and cloud software that is compliant under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Materials include powder-coated steel and injection molded plastic.
Credits go to Priority Designs Inc. of Columbus for engineering work, the Dublin laboratory of AWH for software development and Ryan Eder of IncludeFitness Inc. of Cincinnati for design aspects.
• The design team for HTC Corp. of New Taipei City, Taiwan, won a top award for the $799 Vive virtual reality system.
Development of the first of its kind product occurred in partnership with video game specialist Valve Corp. of Bellevue, Wash.
The molded plastic headset, two wireless controllers and two base stations enable 360-degree room-scale motion-tracking.
In addition to gaming, applications can include educational experiences, worker training simulations and therapeutic assistance to people with disabilities.
• Designers for LG Electronics Inc. of Seoul won three awards: a top award for the Bluetooth-enabled LG Rolly wireless keyboard 2 and bronzes for the G5 smartphone and, with frog design inc., an all-in-one home security system.
The LG Rolly keyboard can be used with a smartphone or a tablet computer to enhance productivity. The Rolly keyboard 2 can stand vertically and horizontally when used with another device.
Now being introduced to the market, this second-generation model KBB-710 has a five-row pentagonal keyboard in contrast to the four-row rectangular form of its processor model.
Materials include PC and fabric.
Credits go to Se-Ra Park and Hyun-Woo Yoo.
The G5 smartphone has a modular structure and hybrid design that incorporates PC, aluminum and glass.
A rear dual-camera utilizes a 135-degree wide-angle lens. The G5 can connect with a range of peripherals.
Credits go to LG's Young-Ho Kim and Young-Joo Cho.
For the other bronze winner, a user can control the plastics-housed LG Smart Security system from a mobile device. Functions include high-definition video, professional monitoring and seamless home automation.
Credits go to frog's Ara Acle, Francois Nguyen, Hailey O'Conner, Charles Ambler and Joshua Newby and LG's Jeff Bonin and Arthur Orduna.
• Designers for Montaag LLC of Berkeley, Calif., and Vard Group AS of Ålesund, Norway, won a top award for conceptualizing a 591-foot offshore subsea construction vessel.
Vard, a designer and builder of specialized vessels, commissioned Montaag to design a ship with a widened operational window and better onboard quality-of-life general arrangements for the officers and crew.
Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers would form the heart of the accommodations and superstructure, and steel would be used for the main hull.
Vard is a business of Fincantieri SpA.
Credits go to Montaag's Per Ivar Selvaag, Han Huynh, Kevin Capo, Andrew Smith and Adriana Monk and Vard's Torkild Skjong, Kjell Morten Urke and Ove Bjorneseth.
• Designers in the Shanghai frogLabs studio of frog design inc. won a top award for creating the conceptual Yibu learning platform to transform screen time into meaningful and physically active experiences for children. Development work started in February 2015.
Materials include resin and wood for five crafted toys along with sensing technology incorporating an Apple Inc. iPad tablet computer.
Yibu is described as an educational play ecosystem combining digital and physical components. It uses digital screen and sensor technology in creating a multi-dimensional adventure activity versus a passive viewing experience.
Sensing toys gather real-time environmental data and, with location-based data, influence the game leading to learning how temperature, sound, light, direction and wind influence the digital character.
Credits go to Rainer Weser, Simone Rebaudengo, Mingmin Wang, Paul Adams and Shirley Chen in the frogLab platform for experimental research and prototyping.
• Designers for Hong Kong-based Lenovo Group Ltd. won a top award for the conceptual Yoga wireless capsule earphone and bronze recognitions for three entries: the ideacentre 610s computer, ideacentre Y710 cube computer and conceptual Yoga mouse.
The Yoga double-ear wireless stereo capsule earphone has a charging box for multiple user scenarios and is made with injection molded ABS. Design occurred in Beijing.
The two-dimensional touch control on a small leather part of the earphone provides access to volume control.
The ideacentre 610s is a compact home computer with a projector that can be detached for family sharing and entertainment. Materials include PC and ABS.
The ideacentre Y710 personal computer has a small form factor and targets hardcore gamers. A customer can upgrade internal components, as desired, and avoid needing to buy a totally new set of product. Materials include recycled plastics.
The Yoga mouse is a dual-mode wireless premium travel mouse with full functional features with flexibility to adapt to different user scenarios. The mouse cover of a transparent ultraviolet-coated PC ensures a bright display and a responsive touch experience. ABS is also used in the design.
• Designers for Veryday AB of Bromma, Sweden, won a top award for work on the Icare ic100 tonometer for Icare Finland Oy of Vantaa, Finland, a subsidiary of Revenio Group Corp.
The non-invasive device measures an eye patient's intra ocular pressure. Measurement of the fluid pressure in the eye is critical in the early detection of glaucoma.
Designers specified a PC/ABS blend for the covers.
Veryday began development work in late 2013. During 2016, Icare launched the product in Europe in January and in the U.S. in May at a list price of $4,495.
Veryday was responsible for the product's industrial design. Mechanical and electronic designs, manufacturing and final assembly occur in Finland.
Credits go to Veryday's Marcus Heneen, Madelene Lindström, Fernanda Barbato, Hans Himbert, Fredric Ghatan, Erik Wallin and Teresa Hallenberg.
• Cenk Aytekin of Laerdal Medical AS in Stavanger, Norway, won a top award for designing the Moyo fetal heart rate monitor for its non-profit sister company Laerdal Global Health AS.
The design uses an ABS/PC blend and stainless steel in the main unit, ABS in the ultrasound transducer, a non-latex high-elastic polyester in the abdominal belt and a non-latex polyester in the neck strap.
Laerdal Medical began development of the monitor in the spring of 2013. The CE-approved product was released in July 2015 for offering in some European countries. The product at $198 targets low resource markets.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the device yet.
Regardless of skill level, a trained care provider can use the monitor intermittently or continuously.
Laerdal Global Health supports the millennium development goals of a World Health Organization-related partnership to improve child survival and maternal health.
• The design lab of Coway Co. Ltd. of Gonju, South Korea, is a top winner for an air purifier with an improved circulating function.
Initially identified as AP-1516A, the product uses recyclable ABS, PP and PC flame-retardant materials.
The purifier can blow breezes up to 33 feet through a front circular hole. A user can set the breeze from the front and top separately or together as needed.
• An internal team at Oculus VR LLC of Irvine, Calif., a subsidiary of Facebook Inc., designed the $599 wearable Oculus Rift positionally tracked virtual-reality headset.
Materials in the headset include PC/ABS blends, TPE, nylon, polyester, PU, an active-matrix organic light-emitting-diode display and electronic components. Materials in the sensor are aluminum, PC/ABS blends, paint and electronic components. The remove contains PC/ABS blends and electronic components.
• Dyutiman Moulik of the studio Incue designed the Hobtop four-burner gas cooking appliance for TTK Prestige Ltd. Both businesses are in Bangalore, India.
Polymer materials include injection molded plastic for the knobs and molded rubber for the bumpers and stands. Other materials include toughened iron-oxide-free glass for the primary surface, powder-coated steel for the bottom enclosure, stainless street for the drip trays and die cast iron for the pan supports.
• Members of the internal experience design team at Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. of Bothell, Wash., received a top award for the SonoSite SII point-of-care ultrasound system.
The design uses injection molded Tritan copolyester from Eastman Chemical Co. on the top and bottom of protective caps, the sliding drawer, the basket and the gel holder.
Other materials include various grades of aluminum for vertical side panels and base, chemically strengthened touch screen glass and magnesium on the back panel and front handle.
Credits go to Ben Dekock, David Wykes, Craig Chamberlain and Evan McCormack.
In March 2012, SonoSite Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp. of Tokyo. SonoSite introduced the first mountable ultrasound system in 2007.
• Designers with the agency Geometry Global Korea of Seoul won for the concept of a solar-powered thermal bed for babies that can be used in regions without ready access to electricity.
The outside is made of antibacterial padded soft foam, and the inside thermal material is a polymer gel that can absorb and store solar heat.
A sun icon that is screen printed in color changing Zion Ink will react to increased heat and inform a user that the Suncubator is warm enough and ready to keep using.
Credits go to Joon Kwon, Jihye Hong, Insup Yun, Minha Kwon and Usuk Lee.
• The Justime in-house design team of Sheng Tai Brassware Co. Ltd. of Changhua City, Taiwan, won for the Justine Yes basin faucet line.
Materials include polyphenylene ether, acetal, copper and stainless steel.
IDSA named these student entries with plastic content as honorees for top and bronze awards:
• Students in the school of design at Dalian Minzu University and associates at Dalian HMO Technology Co. Ltd., both in Dalian, China, won three awards: a top award for the concept of an emergency medical system, a bronze for an adjustable free climbing app and a bronze for a protective water-rescue cabin.
A new type of emergency vehicle can transport both cargo and medical treatment. Units can be connected together to extend available space for emergency medical services in a disaster area.
Proposed materials include carbon fiber, pultruded composite steel, antibacterial plastics and medical-grade composite fiberglass.
Credits for the top award go to the school of design's Hui An, Chunyan He, Chaojun Zhang, Xi Li and Haimo Bao and Dalian HMO's Song Qiao and Jing Sun.
The free climbing app allows a user to select a degree of difficulty and simultaneously record and store times for convenient comparison with previous climbs.
Among the 17 materials in the elaborate concept are fiberglass, thermosetting resin, PP, ABS and wear-resistant and thermoplastic rubber.
Credits for the bronze free climbing award go to the school of design's Zhen Ye, Jie Zhang, Chuanyin Wang, Mengsheng Cai and Haimo Bao and Dalian HMO's Song Qiao and Jing Sun.
The protective cabin, identified as a Safe House, can provide a way to escape a shipwreck upon the tilting of the hull. In theory, a user can turn on a device to activate the fixed floating cabin, which will slide out from a track under the influence of gravity. It converts into a rescue capsule floating on the sea.
Polymers in the concept include butyl rubber, Thioplast epoxydised polysulfide, PC, PE, PP, EVA and polymer nano film.
Credits for the bronze cabin award go to the school of design's Wang Cai, Jiahuan Liu, Jia Dong, Deyu Ma and Haimo Bao and, again, Dalian HMO's Song Qiao and Jing Sun.
• Students at Tunghai University in Taichung City, Taiwan, won a top student award for the concept of a PP BoneAid flat-packed board for limbs fracture fixation.
The design is applicable for fixing arms, legs and ankles fracture suitable for uses in a disaster or regions with insufficient medical resources. The BoneAid is projected to be less expensive than usual fracture fixation splints.
Credits go to Wang Yu-Chi, Huang Yu-Man and Chen Chia-Ling.
• Alexandra Sieben of San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., won a student bronze award for the Höganäs cooling fan, which takes advantage of natural material qualities to optimize thermo-conduction and temperature regulation.
The Höganäs concept pulls from the material library of Inter IKEA Systems BV and uses ABS and ceramic stoneware for the main housing and PP for the reusable ice pack.
• Hyunsu Park in the department of industrial design at Kookmin University in Seoul won a student bronze for a universal hand dryer.
The dryer of an engineered thermoplastic helps a user access the drying vent from any direction. The design is intended to be accessible for children, those with disabilities and tall persons.
• Zachary Ruthven of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit won a student bronze for a commuter bike that can attach easily to a car hitch for transportation.
The frame is a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, and the hitch is a lightweight aluminum.
The aim is to broaden the market for commuter riders, hopefully through an alliance with manufacturer Trek Bicycle Corp. of Waterloo, Wis.
• Wanki Kim of Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea, won a student bronze for a screwdriver with three different sizes of tips.
Materials in the “3Driver” include a plastic handle and metal/chrome vanadium shaft.
• The JZCX Design Team and Chunming Zhang of the College of Arts at Changzhou University in Changzhou, China, won a student bronze for an all-in-one bike pedal and bike lock.
Named Bicycle Guardians, the device of plastic and silicone aims to make it easier for a rider to avoid theft of a bike and reduce the need to carry a separate bicycle lock.