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2012 BraunPrize winners look towards the future of mobility

The 2012 BraunPrize winners and jury
The 2012 BraunPrize winners and jury
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BraunPrize Runner-up: First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki
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BraunPrize Runner-up: First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki
The 2012 prestigious BraunPrize attracted a total of 2,399 entries from 73 different nations
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The 2012 prestigious BraunPrize attracted a total of 2,399 entries from 73 different nations
BraunPrize Runner-up: sustainable mobility concept named Mo by German student Dirk Hessenbruch
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BraunPrize Runner-up: sustainable mobility concept named Mo by German student Dirk Hessenbruch
Rovey is a balancing desktop fan by Japanese designers Kazuya Washio and Yu Kawashinma
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Rovey is a balancing desktop fan by Japanese designers Kazuya Washio and Yu Kawashinma
Rovey is a balancing desktop fan by Japanese designers Kazuya Washio and Yu Kawashinma
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Rovey is a balancing desktop fan by Japanese designers Kazuya Washio and Yu Kawashinma
First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki is a practical CPR and first aid manual for emergency situations
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First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki is a practical CPR and first aid manual for emergency situations
Young German designer Sebastian Reichel won first place in the Student category for his re-interpretation of the traditional walking stick
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Young German designer Sebastian Reichel won first place in the Student category for his re-interpretation of the traditional walking stick
Agil is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process
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Agil is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process
Agil is made with a flexible polymer structure that us able to adjust to the user’s body weight and height
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Agil is made with a flexible polymer structure that us able to adjust to the user’s body weight and height
Agil also features shock absorbent technology
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Agil also features shock absorbent technology
Agil helps create an equilibrium for the natural walking process without added strain on the user’s shoulder, arm or side
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Agil helps create an equilibrium for the natural walking process without added strain on the user’s shoulder, arm or side
The first place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept
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The first place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept
Kanguru is essentially a baby carrier and bicycle seat in one
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Kanguru is essentially a baby carrier and bicycle seat in one
The carrier offers a bi-functional solution for parents who live in an urban environment and seek a practical, safe and ergonomic solution for traveling on foot and by bike
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The carrier offers a bi-functional solution for parents who live in an urban environment and seek a practical, safe and ergonomic solution for traveling on foot and by bike
The Rovey desktop fan spins in a continuous 360-degree movement, powered by the natural force of the fan
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The Rovey desktop fan spins in a continuous 360-degree movement, powered by the natural force of the fan
Rovey can be easily positioned on a shelf
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Rovey can be easily positioned on a shelf
The Rovey desktop fan spins in a continuous 360-degree movement, powered by the natural force of the fan
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The Rovey desktop fan spins in a continuous 360-degree movement, powered by the natural force of the fan
Swyp is an interactive photo printer by U.S. design studio Artefact
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Swyp is an interactive photo printer by U.S. design studio Artefact
Swyp allows users to see what they print without the need for a computer
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Swyp allows users to see what they print without the need for a computer
Swyp features an interactive interface that allows users to edit images or documents before printing
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Swyp features an interactive interface that allows users to edit images or documents before printing
First Aid Cover is a practical CPR and first aid manual for emergency situations
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First Aid Cover is a practical CPR and first aid manual for emergency situations
First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki
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First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki
First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki
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First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki
Mo is a sustainable mobility concept by German student Dirk Hessenbruch
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Mo is a sustainable mobility concept by German student Dirk Hessenbruch
Mo allows members to clock up mileage points the more they ride their bicycle
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Mo allows members to clock up mileage points the more they ride their bicycle
Mo is a sustainable mobility concept by German student Dirk Hessenbruch
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Mo is a sustainable mobility concept by German student Dirk Hessenbruch
The 2012 BraunPrize winners and jury
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The 2012 BraunPrize winners and jury
The first place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept
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The first place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept
Agil is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process
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Agil is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process
The winners of the 18th international BraunPrize were announced on Wednesday in Frankfurt
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The winners of the 18th international BraunPrize were announced on Wednesday in Frankfurt

The winners of the 18th international BraunPrize were announced on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany and Gizmag was lucky enough to meet the young contenders and play a part in the final judging process. The prestigious industrial design awards attracted a total of 2,399 entries from 73 different nations, with six finalists making it to the final round. The award sought outstanding design ideas for better everyday living, and judging merit was given to submissions that demonstrated the use of innovative design, new technology and sustainability.

Young German designer Sebastian Reichel won first place in the Student category for his re-interpretation of the traditional walking stick. Dubbed Agil, Reichel’s design concept is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process and thus offers the user the ability to walk naturally despite his or her discomfort or disability. The original concept for Agil was inspired by the Paralympics, and Reichel sought to create an advanced walking aid that would be accessible to the general public.

Made with a flexible polymer structure, the aid is able to adjust to the user’s body weight and height without any need to alter or modify the apparatus. Agil also features shock absorbent technology, creating an equilibrium for the natural walking process without added strain on the user’s shoulder, arm or side. Overall, Agil has been designed to help people enjoy walking again instead of just fixing a problem.

Agil is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process
Agil is a flexible walking aid that mimics the body’s natural walking process

First place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept. Dubbed Kanguru, the concept design is essentially a baby carrier and bicycle seat in one. The carrier offers a bi-functional solution for parents who live in an urban environment and who seek a practical, safe and ergonomic solution for traveling on foot and by bike.

The lightweight frame of the carrier has been specifically designed to be easily mounted onto a bicycle and positioned behind the rider. The back and head support provide protection for the child on board, while the central harness straps the infant into place and makes sure they're safely secured for bike travel. Furthermore, the harness can be adjusted depending on the size of the infant (ideally suited to infants between 6-24 months) while the straps can also be removed for washing.

The first place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept
The first place for the Professional and Enthusiast category was awarded to German designer Oliver Klein for his infant mobility concept

“Kanguru is essentially the perfect carrier for parents who love to be flexible and move freely, offering a great amount of freedom and mobility with children” said Klein.

The runners-up in both categories included a First Aid Cover by Finnish student Jussi Koskimaki; a sustainable mobility concept named Mo by German student Dirk Hessenbruch; Rovey, a balancing desktop fan by Japanese designers Kazuya Washio and Yu Kawashinma; and Swyp, an interactive photo printer by U.S. design studio Artefact.

Be sure to check out the gallery to get a look at more of the design finalist concepts and pictures of the awards.

Source: BraunPrize

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