2011 Electrolux Design Contest

 Semi-Finalist Chosen for 2011 Electrolux Design Awards

A €5,000.00 reward and six month paid internship are up for grabs in this Electrolux’s 2011 Design Contest.  The 7 Semi-Finalist show innovative and attractive design concepts with practical applications. A smoothie maker that bounces around the kitchen, a set of induction tiles that link together in a honeycomb design that could have come from a science fiction movie.

Check them all out below!


Smoobo Blender

 This New Zealand designed blender works by placing the ingredients inside and then literally bouncing the ball around. Apparently great for smoothies.


Honey Comb Modular Induction Tiles

 My personal favorite are these modular induction tiles. Imagine pulling these out of you cupboard to create extra cooking areas out of your excess counter space. Or in my case, create more counter space by getting rid of the stove entirely and using these as needed.


EMS Cooker

 Attach the wristband and charge it with movement, then unattach it and wrap it around your coffee cup and be amazed as it turns your kinetic energy into a source of heat.


Robo Tap Cleaner

 Tap twice on particualrly dirty area of the floor, and your Roomba will cancel its current operations and prioritize that specfic area for cleaning.


GULL Air Purifier

 Purifies the air and charges it own batteries by flapping it's wings. Also releases small amounts of lemon oil to neautralize odors and sanitize bacteria.


EcoWash Dinner Set

 Old fashioned elbow grease powers this dishwasher. Put your dishes in and turn the crank to wash and dry a set of dishes.



Heat Grenade

 This burner just may be the most stylish emergency kit ever invented. Powered by moisture in the air, I could see James Bond camping if one of these was available.


written by -

Robert Kennedy


Most Energy Efficient Appliances


Have you seen this label yet?

This year the Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out a new classification of Energy Star called “Most Efficient”. Energy Star is a collaborative program between the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy. The program has been criticized because it operates on good-faith with manufacturers. Essentially the manufacturers perform all of the testing to qualify a product as energy star and then submit the test to the rating agency for approval. No independent testing required.

The new classification of “Most Efficient”, will change all of that. Phase 1 of the new testing process will require products to be tested for compliance by an EPA approved third party agency. The second phase has a verification testing requirement, which ensures that Energy Star compliant products remain energy efficient.  

The categories that this new rating will apply to are clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers.

The EPA plans to include more categories in 2012.

One thing I would personally like to see is the logo on the actual products or boxes. As it stands now the logo will only appear on the web or store signage.

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