Who knew innovation could look (and taste) so good? After last month announcing three Kiwi students had made it to the top 25 of the global Electrolux Design Lab competition, the good news keeps coming—for one of the entrants at least.
Massey University’s Roseanne de Bruin’s quirky and environmentally friendly smoothie maker, aptly called the Smoobo mixer, joins entries from Australia, Canada, Finland, Hungary, Solvakia and the USA in the top eight. And, after looking at the videos for each entry, de Bruin will up against some impressive competition.
The top eight have been syphoned from an original field of 1300 entries and, come 7 September, they’ll be doing their best to impress the jury of expert designers with their concepts.
“The Eight finalists have shown insight and innovation to make it this far in the 2011 Electrolux Design Lab challenge” says Henrik Otto, SVP of global design at Electrolux. ”In what was a particularly challenging brief, the top eight are to be congratulated for their lateral thinking and creativity but they will now need to demonstrate why their concept should be crowned absolute winner.
De Bruin’s concept works by literally bouncing ingredients together. To create your smoothie, you place the ingredients inside the rubber ball, shut the knob tightly and start bouncing it around. The bounce action activates kinetic batteries which make the rotor blades spin, resulting in a perfectly blended smoothie. And in another design twist, de bruin used uneven rubber knobs on the surface to make the ball bounce in unpredictable directions.
The remaining entries to reach the top follow:
The Induction Heat Plate, by Tommi Moilanen from Finalnd.
A portable induction cooker controlled by your smart phone.
The Sous-vide Cell Cooker by Adam Miklosi from Hungary
Using your smart phone, this device creates healthy meals that are vacuum packed.
The Robo TAP Cleaner by Gyu Ha Choi form South Korea
A robotic vacuum cleaner that works by tapping your foot.
The Salve Bagel Toaster, by Kent Madden form Canada
A portable and intuitive bagel toaster
Portable Spot Cleaner by Adrian Mankovercky form Slovakia
A portable device that uses steam and ionisation to refresh clothing and remove stains.
The Ribbon, by Enzo Kocak from Australia
A flexible mobile appliance for cooking and cooling food.
The Onda Microwave Oven, by Matthew Schwartz from the USA
A portable microwave designed especially for use with pre-packaged meals.
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