Gadgets of the future: From 3D food printers to shape shifting vacuum cleaners

Gadgets of the future: From 3D food printers to shape shifting vacuum cleaners

Summary: Electrolux Design Lab's 2013 finalists reveal their concept ideas to show how we might be using mini flying cleaning robots and wearable air cleaners in our homes in the future.

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  • 3F

    3F stands for “Form Follows Function”. The physical body of this vacuum cleaner can change and mutate to suit the task required. It is designed to economise space in compact and urban apartments; you can add scents for it to emit depending on what you want to smell in the home.

    The inspiration for this product comes from ballet dancing: while at work it resembles a skirt, floating gracefully over your floor. Whether used in compact or wide mode, it is a vacuum cleaner providing 'efficiency, smartness and empathy to the user'.

    3F has been designed by  by Germain Verbrackel who is studying industrial design at EDNA (Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique) France.

    YouTube video of the concept

    Image Credit: Electrolux

  • Atomium

    Atomium is a 3D printer that uses molecular ingredients to construct food layer by layer. The product helps children prepare their own food in a fun and interactive way by turning eating into an 'enjoyable, creative and healthy activity'.

    Children can draw the shape of the food they would like to eat, show it to the appliance which then detects this information and prints food in the desired shape as well as choosing molecular ingredients to construct nutritional balance for user’s body also making eating healthier.

    It has been designed by Lucia Silva studying Bachelor of Design, Federal University of Technology- Parana, Brazil.

    YouTube video of the concept

    Image Credit: Electrolux

  • Breathing Wall

    Breathing Wall is a future-oriented and wall integrated air cleaning concept for people who live in urban areas and want to relax and rest in a home with fresh air.

    The design concept is inspired by the gills of a fish and their movement replicates a fish breathing. The Breathing Wall can be customized to suit individual needs through six functions; weather, memory, reaction, breathing, mood, and general settings by using a smart device app.

    Breathing Wall has been designed by Jeabyun Yeon  who is studying Product Design at SADI University, Korea.

    YouTube video of the concept

    Image Credit: Electrolux

Topics: Emerging Tech, Hardware

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  • Print 3D cooked bacon...

    And you will be a billionaire.
    bufbarnaby1999
  • Print 3D cooked bacon...

    And you will be a billionaire.
    bufbarnaby1999
  • Well, we sell cheese in a can and it tastes like plastic

    So why not plastic food from 3d printers that use... plastic... to make toys and violate IP laws...

    Who cares about bling vacuum cleaners. Get up and move around. This trash does not provide any real value.
    HypnoToad72