Fujitsu, together with design site Designboom, put out a global call to designers last year for PC-related designs that bring innovation to daily life. The winners of the Fujitsu Design Award 2011 have just been announced, and their creations provide an intriguing glimpse at "a life with future computing," the theme of this year's contest.
The Aid, a smart cane by Egle Ugintaite of Lithuania, netted the $42,000 grand prize. It features inward-facing sensors that measure pulse, blood pressure, and temperature, and an LCD screen on the clasp that displays health data. An SOS button, when pressed, sends the user's current health data and location to a help center so immediate assistance can be dispatched if needed.