This year, most applicants for the prestigious James Dyson Industrial Design and Engineering Award have submitted designs to improve the world of the future. 20 inventions reached the final, including cutlery from potato peelings, a nest for ants and a round wind turbine.
Further population growth and urbanization require new solutions to maintain and improve the quality of life of people. This is reflected in the work of young inventors who are competing for this year’s Dyson Prize. One of the most original projects was presented by the Swedish student Pontas Terngvist, who, in search of an alternative to disposable plastic, developed potato plastic – biodegradable starch material. It can be used to make cutlery, straws and similar products, which in two months will turn into fertilizer..
Two masters from the University of Lancaster designed the O-Wind spinning mini-turbine that can pick up wind in any direction.
The ability to generate electricity not only from horizontal, but also from vertical flows, allows you to efficiently use it even in urban environments.
Two Mexican students approached the problem of reducing meat consumption in a very original way. They worked to find new sources of edible proteins and settled on insects. Mexicans have developed a prefab Azcatl ant nest that helps them faster and easier to form your colony. Potentially, such a solution can lay the foundation of the edible insect food industry.
The list also includes the development of students from China who introduced the Orca water purification robot. It independently removes debris and dirt from the surface of lakes, rivers, and canals seven times faster by hand, and its work is very cheap. On behalf of the United States, MIT’s Dr. Vas Wu has created a robotic pipe cleaner that detects shallow water leaks and blocks them on its own..
James Dyson Award 2021 – international design competition
Although a team of scientists from the Malaysian Institute of Imagination does not participate in the competition, they presented an equally interesting technology. Researchers have developed fully digital scents that can be transmitted over the Internet or sensed in virtual reality.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: James Dyson Foundation