Would-be entrepreneurs, the time is now to throw your newfangled, solar-powered, air-purifying, self-cleansing hat into the ring for the James Dyson Award, a competition open to students studying product design, industrial design, and engineering at the university level (or recent graduates) in 18 countries, including the United States and Canada. Entries close August 1.
“We’re looking for people who rather than accept a problem, go further to design a simple and effective solution,” says Dyson. Last year’s big winner was Royal College of Art grad Dan Watson‘s SafetyNet, a device to increase the sustainability of fishing. As for this year’s competition, there’s buzz brewing around bike safety. Nathan Wills from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena has a new take on the bicycle helmet in the Torch T1, an LED-embedded cranium protector that is visible from 360 degrees. Another illuminating project comes from a group of Stanford students, who turned to Kickstarter to help develop Revolights, LED rings that mount directly to each wheel.