Shane Inder's 'Ironman' proves that outstanding innovation doesn't always require applications of the latest technology - the ironing board shaped as a man is a functional departure from the traditional ironing board with the large torso area enabling shirts to be ironed in a single motion and 'legs' catering for shirt sleeves and trousers. Inder is negotiating a deal with a New Zealand company offering an international distribution network after being runner up in New Zealand's 2002 Dyson Product Design Award's on the basis of not only design, but engineering, marketing, production and business issues. The companion to the Ironman, the skirt-shaped 'Iron Maiden' is already on the drawing-board.
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