Each year, the Electrolux Design Lab invites burgeoning designers to compete in a global competition to create innovative ideas for modern households. This year, undergraduate and graduate students were invited to invent devices within the theme “Healthy Happy Kids.” The six finalists have created innovative products that could change the face of kids' health, care and home life for the future. The designs in the running include a sterilizing laundry robot, an air purifying hula hoop, a self-sustaining kitchen, a clean air baby stroller, an educating kitchen device and a robotic monitor that takes child care to the next level. We look forward to seeing who nabs the prize this October in Helsinki.
The Voris is a “closet monster” robot that helps kids learn how to take care of their clothes, and save parents on washings. Designed by Martha Fabiola Garcia Bustos, the device rolls across fabrics to refresh them with disinfecting ultraviolet light. The blinking lights and cute exterior make kids think they are playing a fun game with a robot friend, rather than cleaning clothes.
Mary Pilyugina’s Plato is a multi-use robot that takes care of, teaches and monitors your child. The bot can be used as a video baby monitor, learning toy, baby cradle or bath basin, changing mat, bottle sterilizer, and night time entertainment. The companion robot is meant to grow with the child, enabling comfort and assistance to the busy parent.
Hula hooping has never been so cool with Jeongbin Seo’s Q.H. [Quadruple H]. As your tot swings the hoop around her hips, the unbridled fun is combined with air purification, skimming toxins out of the room. Based on the idea of Dyson’s bladeless fan, the Q.H. combines exercise with healthy breathing, a winning combo.
The Future Classroom brings a sustainable food system to children right in school. Designed by Tobi Tsamisis, the kitchen counter system fuses a cooking area with a fish and plant ecosystem, allowing children to learn how to raise, harvest, cook and clean their own healthy food.
The adorable Bloom pods, by Jordan Lee Martin, allow kids to learn about cooking, in a safe and sustainable way. The multi-use kettles can be used to steam veggies, sterilize utensils, wash dishes, purify air and even as thermoses, intriguing childrens’ views of cooking and chores.
Dominykas Budinas’ Air Shield stroller gives baby a purified air chamber in the midst of congested cities. The shield also protects from UV rays, pollution and loud noise.