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06. 03. 2005

Scientistic Invitational 2005

The first annual Scientistic Invitational, an industrial design exhibition focusing on experimentation, just concluded last month and the winning submissions definitely seem to be more about innovation than easy commercial viability.

MicroMedia paper, by Lunar Design (led by Gerard Furbershaw) is a digital media player for a demographic that is usually ignored by technology companies: grandparents. The MicroMedia player looks and feels for all the world like a regular snapshot you'd send in the mail, but there are VCR-like controls that play the embedded media. Video and audio could be accessed by people unfamiliar, sometimes even phobic, about anything remotely high-tech. The backside of the sheet could hold a handwritten note, a nice touch for anyone who longs for the old days of postcards and letters.

Terrence Kelleman's Ever Together magnetic jewelry is made from magnets, no other connectors necessary. This way, each piece can be easily resized with more or fewer magnets, and the jewelry can even be changed to become something entirely new with a few re-arrangements. The magnets also allow bracelets and necklaces to be easily opened at any point for clasping, so the fumbling involved with hooks is avoided, especially important for anyone with limited mobility.

Velissa Van Scoyoc's Gusto! spice cakes are a new way of presenting the vast array of spices found and sold all over the world in those familiar and uninspiring plastic jars. Van Scoyoc sought to use each spice's unique color and texture to form a compressed cake of usable spice that is both beautiful and inspirational. Who wouldn't want to play with these blocks and attempt to create more delicious culinary art? Of course, some of the combinations I'd most likely be tempted to just gnaw on like candy, cocoa framboise (the chocolate-colored block with the heart) for instance.

Conceptual products for now, but hopefully a sign of what's to come.

See more winning entries.

Posted by Mia    Category: current affairs
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