Second place went to Pebble, a portable, solar food cooker that uses spray-on solar cells and induction heating for precise, energy-efficient cooking. It was submitted by Laura Pandelle from École Boulle, France.
"This is a fascinating design that's plausible and really useful," comments juror Jason Bradbury, a UK technology presenter. "Solar paint is an interesting use of a really exciting technology."
Third place went to Go Fresh by He Cheng Fei from Jiangnan University, China. Go Fresh is an energy-saving fridge with individual, honeycomb-shaped compartments that preserve each type of food at the right temperature and can be removed to be taken on a picnic.
Adds juror Matali Crasset, an award-winning French designer, "With the food stored at the ideal temperature, people may waste less."
The Design Lab '07 award is a prize of 5,000 Euros and a six-month scholarship at one of the Electrolux Group's global design centers.
The other five finalists are:
Circompo by Thanat Tengamnuay from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand. Circompo is a composter and garbage bin that decomposes organic waste - especially food - using microorganisms that are kept under ideal conditions of air, moisture and heat to speed the process.
Fog Shower by João Diego Schimansky from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil. Fog Shower is a shower that uses a fog of microscopic water droplets and only two liters of water for a five-minute shower, compared to 26 liters for today's most efficient water-saving showerheads.
Pure Washer by Tatjana Voronova from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Pure Washer is a rotating dual kitchen sink and detergent-free compact dishwasher that reduces water consumption and uses degassed water to remove oily dirt from dishes.
Nature Wind by Bae Won-Ho from Dong-A University, South Korea. Nature Wind is a solar-powered air cleaner mounted to a window that uses a series of filters to refresh and sanitize household air.
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