3 July 2010 – June 2011
A gaming headset that reads brain signals and facial expressions, a pocket-size ultrasound system, a device that stores a heart during transit before heart transplant surgery, and a light tanker used as a fire reconnaissance vehicle in bushfires, are amongst the top designs showing in the 2010 Australian International Design Awards exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.
Ten industry designs and six student designs from this year’s awards announced in June are now on display at the Powerhouse Museum. The designs selected by the Museum are on show for their design excellence, innovation and their potential to improve our environment, health or wellbeing.
Design improvements on everyday products including the wine bottle and surfboard are a feature. On display is a simple light mesh system used for concrete construction that is made from recyclable plastic and glass fibre, replacing traditional steel reinforcing but is still as strong as steel. Another innovative product is a wireless speaker unit for tuning into televised sport in the pub at the patron’s table, and doubles as a vehicle for advertising and additional revenue for the pub.
The pocket-size ultrasound system, the world’s smallest ultrasound machine weighing 300grams, received the 2010 Powerhouse Museum Design Award. The high resolution screen shows images instantly and the portable unit allows doctors to examine patients quickly in emergencies.