The winners of the INDEX: Awards have been announced, they are Better Place, Pig 05049, Kiva, Street Swags, the Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor and the Chulha stove. Congratulations to all the winners.
The Freeplay Monitor is created expressly for the harsh conditions of rural and remote settings in the developing world. it is simple (it has only an on-off switch and a hand crank for generating its own electricity). it is built for robust operation and made to withstand knock-about conditions. The intent is to safeguard childbirth for mothers and infants in remote areas of the developing world where expert care and electrical power are in short supply.
The Chulha stove is being made available by Philips Design to the universe of social entrepreneurs so that they can, free of charge, produce the stove, themselves, and generate local business while helping counter what the World Health Organization estimates is some 1.6 million deaths per year from conditions prompted by the toxic fumes of indoor cooking with “bio-mass” fuels. The stove also won an IDEA Design Award last year.
The BMW group has been busy this week, the Vision Efﬁcient Dynamics concept car is a low carbon plug-in hybrid supercar that not only looks amazing, but has the fuel consumption of 3.76 liters/100 kilometers.
The concept car will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It has an anticipated top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and can reach 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.
The design itself combines low weight materials, aerodynamic detailing such as the solid underside of the car which minimizes drag and an interplay between exterior and interior elements. More images at Car Body Design and Auto Blog Green.
More BMW related news, this time to celebrate the 50th anniversary, Mini has released a 'concept' model that is basically a Mini Cooper with a new roof. By eliminating the back seats and giving the car a more roadster look does make the car look a lot sportier than previous models.
We like LEGO, it is a great tool to grow creative minds and it's fun to use when making a pirate ship or using it it to explore creative solutions. But here is a new take on the humble LEGO block; Top Gear presenter James May is building a house made entirely from LEGO and he plans to live in it when it finished, at least until it falls apart.
The building itself is located in a wine estate in Surrey, UK. Volunteers were invited to take part in the manufacturing process, 1200 people worked building LEGO 'bricks' which are made up of 272 LEGO pieces. The life-size house uses over three million bricks and features a staircase, toilet and shower. Via DesignBoom.
To end off, another functional object inspired by toys; the Mechano Chair made of powder-coated folded mild steel was designed by Andre Klauser for Thorsten van Elten. Also available in black of course.