We know you've been waiting, and the day's finally here: The winners have been announced for this year's International Design Excellence Awards! Take a look at ten of our faves from the Bronze category:
The Leverage Freedom Chair is the wheelchair that goes where others can't, giving users the off-road access of a mountain bike. The twin-lever drive lets you work those biceps out and provides the leverage to go up steep slopes and over obstacles.
Check out the Leverage Freedom Chair Case Study from the Continuum team.
It doesn't make sense to burn fossil fuels shipping heavy cleaning fluids all over the place, when most of it is water and you already have water piped into your house. The Replenish Delivery System for Household Cleaners addresses this by selling you only the active ingredients, which you can mix with your own agua.
Check out the Replenish Case Study from Founder/CEO Jason Foster.
Who can forget Scott Wilson/MNML's TikTok + LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits, the ID project that practically kickstarted Kickstarter?
Check out our Q+A with Scott Wilson about the TikTok + LunaTik.
The Ecookie provides a way to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic coffee stirrers (while admittedly increasing your consumption of calories): Make the stirrer out of a cookie. Stir, then eat.
The Viola Park Kitchen System cuts out the showroom and the middleman; the modular, artisanal-grade kitchens are sold directly to consumers via a web interface.
The tool that all mechs have been dreaming of is finally here: The Stanley Bostitch Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench. As long as you keep this wrench safe, you're no longer screwed when your 3/8" socket goes missing from the set somewhere on the jobsite.
Some of the most exciting things captured on YouTube are a result of dumb luck—the shooter just happened to have a camera out and be recording when Crazy Act X happened. Those videos are bound to increase in frequency once the ear-mounted Looxcie Wearable Hands Free Camcorder sees mass uptake.
Like tea for your body: The Medical Shower has a compartment in the showerhead where you can install a packet loaded with "nourishing herbal remedies" that will infuse the water. Might also make for some epic pranks if you can figure out how to insert your own ingredients into your roommate's packet.
For the city of Seoul, here's a useful and green equation: 32 bicycles equals one car. The T-BIKE: Public Bike Sharing System can cram that many two-wheelers into one parking spot, and "installing the bike rack is as easy as installing a vending machine." The concept also calls for electric pickup trucks cruise from station to station, balancing out the bike supply.
Samsung's suh-weet Micro Projector hooks into USB and throws a 20" image or larger onto any flat surface. The downside is if your boss gets one of these and carries it in his pocket, you won't be able to sabotage his presentations by getting to the conference room early and futzing with the projector anymore.
Check out all of the Bronze Winners here.