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James Dyson Award Finalists

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The James Dyson Award, which "seeks to single out the best in problem-solving student design," recently announced their regional finalists, selected from over 500 submission entries. The eventual international grand prize winner—announced October 5—will receive more than $15,000, with another $15,000 going to the student’s university department. Allison Arieff, Dwell's former editor-in-chief, and Amelia Amon selected the ten U.S. finalists, which range from inventions that put an end to texting-while-driving to an entire park designed for children with disabilities. The inventors of the U.S. National winner—a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid—will get to visit Dyson laboratories in the UK to participate in a workshop run by Dyson engineers.

Here's the US National Winner: the Copenhagen Wheel.
The mechanism is controlled through a rider’s smart phone, strapped onto the handlebars.
Another bike-related winner, the Public Bicycle Security System, is a bike rack with an integrated lock and alarm.
The SeaKettle is an emergency life raft that provides both insulated, reliable shelter and fresh drinking water.
Kee is an invention that prevents a car from starting until the driver inserts his cell phone into a dashboard unit;...
A monthly refillable HIV/AIDS Medical Kit, Empower By Me is designed to improve the lives of rural Africans.
Mantis is a fully adjustable portable dental chair that also doubles, when collapsed, as a dolly to carry bulky and...
Parquinho is a series of modular playground equipment specially designed to supply the sensory input that children with...
Purify is a medical sanitizing station and automated all-in-one sink, intended for use in hospitals to decrease the...
The Guardian Fire Suppression System is a new-and-improved take on a fire extinguisher holder.
This Travel Pack is designed to carry a bicycle on an airplane—it transforms from a single suitcase (carrying the...
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