Peter Alwin from India's National Institute of Design won the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition with his design of The Snail, a Micro Induction Heating appliance.
The winner of the annual design contest was made at the finals in London at 100% Design London, a UK architecture and design event.
The Snail is a portable heating and cooking appliance using magnetic induction. The small device can stick directly on to the side of a pot, a mug, or other food vessel to heat the contents. This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking and adds a high degree of portability.
A high-density sugar crystal battery powers the unit. The appliance converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated, automatically adjusting the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display interface helps monitor the process.
The jury called The Snail a well-researched concept and said, "In addition to being a solution for city dwellers, it offers a wider social potential for use in remote areas; just as the first mobile phone opened opportunities."
The jury included:
• Ineke Hans, founder of design office INEKEHANS/ARNHEM
• Benjamin Hubert, Design of the year, British Design awards 2010
• Jon Marshall, Studio Director at BarberOsgerby
• Henrik Otto, Senior Vice President of Global Design at Electrolux
The Design Lab 2010 award is a prize of €5000 and a six-month paid internship at one of Electrolux's global design centers.
The award for second place went to The Bio Robot Refrigerator, the Cool, Green, Food Preservation by Yuriy Dmitriev, CSU, Russia. The Bio Robot Refrigerator also received the People’s Choice Award—as voted for online.
Third place went to The Elements Modular Kitchen, All-In-One Kitchen Shelving by Matthew Gilbride, North Carolina State University, U.S.
For the eighth edition of the Electrolux Design Lab, undergraduate and graduate industrial design students were invited to create home appliances that consider how people prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in shrinking domestic spaces. Designs were also expected to address key consumer requirements; being green, adaptive to time and space, and allowing for individualization. Over 1300 entries were submitted from students in more than 50 countries for the 2010 competition.
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