From Electrolux Design Labs http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/
The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate industrial design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for household appliances of the future.
The 2010 Electrolux Design Lab theme is “The 2nd Space Age”, an exploration of the role domestic product design has in maximizing living space.
Their challenge is to create a product the shapes how people prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes by 2050 when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in an urban environment.
Qumi, Ilia Vostrov, Russia – Flexible Cooking Unit
Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen set. It can be used to heat, fry and steam a wide variety of food types (including liquids such as soup or sauces). When in storage the Qumi takes up little space (no more than a dinner plate) and is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it wireless and portable. The concept features no display or control panel, rather all instructions are processed via mobile devices in the network ready home of the future.
Bio Robot Refrigerator, Yuriy Dmitriev, Russia – Cool, Green, Food Preservation
Four times smaller than a conventional refrigerator, the Bio Robot cools biopolymer gel through luminescence. Rather than shelves, the non sticky, odorless gel morphs around products to create a separate pod that suspends items for easy access. Without doors, draws and a motor 90% of the appliance is solely given over to its intended purpose. At the same time, all food, drink and cooled products are readily available, odors are contained, and items are kept individually at their optimal temperature by bio robots. The fridge is adaptable – it can be hung vertically, horizontally, and even on the ceiling. Different sizes and dimensions allow it to perfectly fit the accordant dwelling.
Bio Tank, Robotic ‘FishWasher’, Akifusa Nakazawa, Japan
Source : Electrolux Design Lab http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/2010/06/electrolux-design-lab-2010-semi-finalists/#more-1844