This year's nine Design Lab '08 finalists have outdone those from the past, with students inventing and designing a variety of ambitious devices that might make your quality of life better
Sook: This social-networked kitchen recipe generator has an electronic tongue to taste, weigh, and measure the moisture of whatever you place on (or even near) its magic platform, sensing the ingredients and (insert miracle here) spitting out potential recipes to you and your online pals
Coox: Antoine Lebrun designed a cooktop on wheels, letting you whip up a fine meal anywhere you want. Using existing induction cooktop tech, it's the perfect appliance for those with a hankering to bring the art of cooking into the bedroom, bathroom, living room — you name it.
E-Bag: Swing this cooler bag back and forth, and it generates enough electricity to stay frosty. Its rotating handle is attached to a dynamo, and that combined with spiffy Peltier technology transfers heat away from your cool contents.
Stratosphere: Stop tossing those clothes on the floor, young man! Chuck them onto the Stratosphere, sucking the funk out of your stinky sweat socks with a HEPA filter. It runs that malodorous air under sanitizing untraviolet light, making it fresh and clean
iBasket: These design students must hate doing laundry. Guopeng Liang's iBasket is a magic container that combines hamper, washer and dryer, starting the cleaning as soon as it gets full. No more carrying all those dirty clothes to and fro — it's all automagic!
Vesta: Here's a slim cooktop that folds away when you're not cooking. Might be great for those of us living our lives in an apartment that's the size of a broom closet. This one also has a built-in scanner that can read RFID chips, so it can gather info about the food you're cooking, and maybe even bark out some cooking tips
Drawer Kitchen: DesignerNojaePark works so hard, he doesn't ever want to leave his desk. Here's his solution, jamming the whole kitchen into a pretty drawer. It's got it all, including a refrigerator, hot plate, a place to stash dishes, and even a little table for one. Hook this baby up to USB, and you'll be onto something, Nojae.
Flatshare: Designer Stefan Buchberger probably has some thieving roommates, because he designed a refrigerator that deals with the problem by using compartmentalization. Finally getting your own place? Just take your own stackable modular fridge with you. Add a padlock to each drawer, and this might work in the real world.
Scan Toaster: Now you're cooking, Sung Bae Chang. We loves us some high-tech toasters here at DVICE, and this design would let us print up whatever we want on those delectable slices. Just think of the deities, celebrities or political candidates we could print on toast. eBay here we come!