2012 James Dyson Award: The Final Countdown


The 2012 international James Dyson Award is only open for entries for one more day.  The Award challenges young engineers and designers to develop problem solving inventions.  Previous winners have tackled problems from different angles: a buoyancy aid inspired by a grenade launcher to a kitchen tap which can tackle a blaze in your home.

The award, run in eighteen countries, celebrates ingenuity and creativity with the winner receiving £10,000 to develop their invention and £10,000 for their university.  Entries are accepted until midnight 2nd August.

James Dyson said:

“Put faith in frustrations and solve the problems that cause them. We’re looking for the people who rather than accept a problem and make do, design a simple and effective solution.” 

He added, “The James Dyson Award champions the ideas of young designers and engineers – encouraging them to develop inventions, defy their critics, and turn them into commercial successes for themselves and their economy.”

Our favourite entreies so far?

The one from Russia
Blitz by Andrey Kokorin

The problem:
Preparing meals with sharp knives can be dangerous, time consuming and unhygienic.

The solution:
Blitz is a device for cutting food in the kitchen using a combination of lasers and electromagnets. This technology eliminates the need for sharp knives and allows the consumer to prepare a meal in much less time. This can be used for meat, fruit or vegetables allowing each to be cut into a variety of shapes or sizes and keeps mess to a minimum.


We say GENIUS!




Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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