Finalists for the New Zealand round of the Dyson Awards have been announced and you can check them out online.
Looking at the popularity of the items online is always interesting exercise. As a point of interest, here are the three products that have proved most popular with readers thus far:
Multicultural dining experience — Portable hot pot combined with utensils, a "tabletop cooking device with which a Chinese meal can be prepared and shared, and acts as the focus of the eating and cooking experience. (240 votes)Minotaur Fire Nozzle System, a " water delivery system that provides greater control, functionality and comfort to the user when extinguishing fires irrespective of the duration of operation." (54 votes)
Blocks, a three-piece range of affordable furniture consisting of a clothes rack, dining table and coffee table. (114 votes)
The winning entry will be unveiled at a ceremony in Auckland on 22 July. Selection is based on product design ideas that are innovative and inspire solutions to everyday problems. The James Dyson Award is open to final year tertiary students studying in the areas of design, technology or engineering, and to graduates in these areas who are in their first three years of work. David Lovegrove, the award’s head judge and member of the Designers Institute, said all entries must reflect the Dyson philosophy; demonstrating a commitment to intelligent design thinking.