Old technique, New sharpener!

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The Osciblade sharpener does two pretty nifty things. It provides the efficiency of an electric sharpener without really using electricity, and it brings a new, fun interaction to the oldest technique of sharpening a pencil or a crayon with a knife or cutting blade.

Based off the classic technique of taking a knife or cutting blade to your pencil tip and whittling away at it till you’re left with a pointed edge (still preferred by artists over sharpeners), the Osciblade is a tabletop product that takes a good practice and introduces good product design to it. The Osciblade works like a regular sharpener in the sense that you put the pencil/crayon into its slot. Things get different when you have to use a pivoted handle (with a blade under it) to carve the tip of your pencil to make the nib sharper. What’s great about the Osciblade is that it makes the practice of using a cutting blade a whole lot safer, as well as keeps your table clean by collecting all the shavings in its lower chamber. Boy, we’d love to see a prototype!

Designer: Nirmayee Rode

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This Lambo is born to kill!

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Lamborghini changed its naming strategy with the Huracan. The last few names were all inspired by fighting bulls (paying tribute to the Lamborghini logo), however Huracan goes even more badass than a couple of wild animals, being the Spanish word for Hurricane. THIS concept car doesn’t have a name as wicked as a hurricane, but it is pretty intimidating. The Lamborghini Verdugo, or the Lamborghini Executioner, is designed and named to strike fear into the hearts of other car companies!

Taking inspiration from the arrow, a projectile known for its incredible escape velocity, the Verdugo is designed to look like an incredibly rapid shard that reaches breakneck speeds quietly (arrows don’t make any noise either). The Verdugo’s body is envisioned to be made out of Graphene infused Carbon Fiber, a material that has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios known to mankind, and makes clever use of the SV (SuperVeloce) graphic by incorporating the S design into the side vent detail. Plus, would you look at those absolutely wicked headlamps!

Designer: Abhijit Dharmadhikari

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Zap Away Nausea

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As a sufferer of extreme carsickness, I’d do just about anything to make it stop… including zapping myself with electricity! This is essentially how the wearable antiemetic CinvStop device works, only the shock is entirely unnoticeable. In fact, it’s about manipulating your nerve signals rather than distract from the feeling.

By releasing a specific low-frequency pulse, it can adjust the vagus nerve signals traveling to or from the stomach so as to prevent transmission of nausea signals from the brain to the stomach. Additionally, it slows the frequency of abnormal gastric peristalsis.

Simply place it on the wrist so the two electrodes make gentle contact with the skin, give its single button a click, and voila! You’ll be free of nausea, and gastric pain from a number of causes including pregnancy, chemotherapy, and motion sickness almost immediately.

Designers: Zhiqing Ji, Yang Ye, Hengchong Yu

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Zap Away Nausea

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As a sufferer of extreme carsickness, I’d do just about anything to make it stop… including zapping myself with electricity! This is essentially how the wearable antiemetic CinvStop device works, only the shock is entirely unnoticeable. In fact, it’s about manipulating your nerve signals rather than distract from the feeling.

By releasing a specific low-frequency pulse, it can adjust the vagus nerve signals traveling to or from the stomach so as to prevent transmission of nausea signals from the brain to the stomach. Additionally, it slows the frequency of abnormal gastric peristalsis.

Simply place it on the wrist so the two electrodes make gentle contact with the skin, give its single button a click, and voila! You’ll be free of nausea, and gastric pain from a number of causes including pregnancy, chemotherapy, and motion sickness almost immediately.

Designers: Zhiqing Ji, Yang Ye, Hengchong Yu

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An Extraordinary Necessary Sanitary System

We love it when a student project takes off, going from the concept realm to being realized into an actual product… more so when it’s a medical/social-awareness project! The Flo is a wonderful product that creates an easy, efficient, discreet, and healthy system for women and girls in rural areas to wash, dry, and store their sanitary pads.

The social stigma around menstruation still exists even today in rural areas, to the extent that girls often avoid going to school while on their period, lest they be teased or shamed. Even worse, only 10% of families can afford to buy reusable sanitary pads (most families rely on rags and scraps of cloth), and the families that do purchase sanitary pads refrain from washing them properly or drying them out in the sun, under fear of allowing the rest of the society to see them. Flo creates a complete system for storing, carrying, washing, and drying sanitary napkins in a way that is efficient, engaging, and discreet, in an attempt to slowly remove the stigma behind menstruation while making sure the girls stay healthy, at an affordable price.

Rather than being a revolutionary sanitary pad (there are too many, say the designers behind Flo), the Flo is instead an entire kit, going all the way from a playful washing apparatus, to a concealed utility belt for carrying used and new pads, all the way to a box in which washed pads can be dried and fresh pads can be stored. We’re especially in love with the washing apparatus that uses plain physics (torsion) to spin a tiny drum at high speeds, effectively washing as well as drying used pads. The apparatus is hand operated and can be done solo, using virtually no energy!

The Flo is a beautiful and elegant solution that works because it looks at the entire problem right in the eye. Rather than redesigning the pad (which many people have tried over years), or trying to change society’s perception (which requires incredible amounts of time and patience), the Flo just provides a highly affordable solution that works perfectly in the present scenario, allowing young girls to stay healthy, comfortable, confident, and definitely not miss out on school and life!

The Flo is a winner of the IDEA award (Gold), and has also secured the prestigious James Dyson Award.

Designers: Mariko Higaki Iwai, Sohyun Kim, Tatijana Vasily, Charlotte Wong & Benjamin Freedman

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Wash.

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Carry.

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