UPDATE (7/26): The deadline has been extended to November 15th, 2012.
Smart appliances were all the rage at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. A smart refrigerator might let you check if you’re out of eggs from the grocery store aisle. You could turn on your smart Roomba from the office and return to a vacuumed house.
But when we add short-lived electronics to long-lived appliances, the complete product’s lifespan is usually reduced to the lowest common denominator. A refrigerator could easily last 20 years—but a touchscreen embedded in the door probably won’t.
So here’s a challenge for the students among you: Can you design a smarter “smart” product? Can you make a product that is connected and wired, but also environmentally smart—repairable and designed to last, even if some of its components need to be replaced?
After our recent article about Apple’s unfixable design direction, many people told us it isn’t possible to design compelling products that are also repairable. Well, here’s your chance to prove them wrong. One idea: set up a free Dozuki site and write an iFixit-style repair manual for your product.
Photo: LG’s new smart refrigerator
This contest is open to students age 18 or older, from anywhere in the world, currently registered in an educational institution at the college/university level.
Design Concept (50 Points)
User benefit – How compelling is the solution? (evaluated with storyboard/video)
Environmental benefit – How much potential is there for improving the environmental impact of the design (specifically end-of-life)?
Design Communication (50 Points)
How well do your illustrations and/or renderings communicate your concepts? How compelling is the product appearance? (Evaluated with images and design files, if submitted). Those submissions that include use of Autodesk software will be more favorably judged in this section.
• Allan Chochinov, Co-founder and Partner, Core77
• Kyle Wiens, Co-founder and CEO, iFixit
• Dan Lockton, researcher and founder of Design with Intent Toolkit
• Jeremy Faludi, sustainable design strategist, educator and researcher
• Fred Bould, Bould Design
• Dawn Danby, Senior Sustainable Design Program Manager and co-creator of Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, Autodesk, Inc.
• Adam Menter, Sustainability Education Program Manager, Manager and co-creator of Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, Autodesk, Inc.