The results are finally in for the first Bonfire, Hassle Free Travel. We asked our readers to design a product that would help with the stresses of increased airport security. You responded with quite a few cool entries, ranging from security checkpoint designs to airline arts programs. The diversity was great, but when it came down to judging, we still looked at the strength of the visual design and the usability of the final product. It's been a rough road picking out the best, but we did what we could. We want to thank everyone for such great effort, and we can't wait until the next contest to see what y'all come up with.
Take a look at the winners, and the runners up, and get inspired for Bonfire #2: Summer Sun, burning over here.
First or "We want one!" prize
First Prize is:
The Look Of The Century, a retrospective of 20th century design.
Smart Luggage Tag
Nathan Lynch & Lea Miller
There are many hassles when dealing with checked luggage:
-People crowd the conveyer belt, making it hard to see the luggage.
-All luggage looks the same, making it hard to differentiate your bags from the rest.
-There is much wasted effort spent looking for your bag when it's not on the carousel yet.
-There is a risk of mistaking someone else's luggage as your own (and vice versa).
-There is only so much contact information that can be written on a standard luggage tag.
Bluebird is a Bluetooth luggage tag that communicates with your cell phone.
Bluebird signals your cell phone when your luggage is nearby. There is no need to fight the crowd at the carousel. Have a seat on a nearby bench and read your magazine instead.
Bluebird blinks when he is within range of you, helping visually identify your luggage. This makes it easier to spot your luggage, and less likely that someone will pick up your bags by mistake.
You can keep track of multiple bags using Bluebird software in your phone. Attach a Bluebird to each piece of checked luggage. Your phone will keep track of each bag as it is found, providing reassurance that nothing has been left behind.
Bluebird has the capability to store unlimited types of contact information. Should your luggage be sent to the wrong destination, travel authorities could retrieve detailed contact information from Bluebird using a Bluetooth enabled computer.
Very professional presentation, and well thought out implementation. This really is a product we can imagine seeing in stores in the next few years (Hint Nathan and Lea, check out www.uspto.gov)
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Second or "Why didn't we think of that?" prize
Second Prize is:
Design Crash Course, A historical design primer.
Garment classification system
California , USA
While no one likes the uncertainty of standing in a security line, it's a fact of contemporary life. Without the option of erasing these procedures from our travel facilities we are forced to find ways to expedite the process. AIRWAY OK addresses the anxiety felt waiting in sluggish lines by arming every citizen with a way to determine beforehand whether or not they are going to cause the dreaded beep.
Should you be surprised when your sneakers have a metal arch inside them? Is it a guessing game with your metal zipper? Do I really have to take off this sweater?
AIRWAY OK proposes that all clothing and accessory price tags and care labels tell us whether or not they contain enough metal to set off a metal detector in the security queues. This helps the owner decide which clothes they need to pack in a suitcase and which they can wear while traveling. In this manner, AIRWAY OK expedites the entire security process by taking the guess work out of the line.
Implementation of this system requires minor modification to the printing and stitching processes already in place. With this minimal footprint it can be implemented quickly and with little or no additional investment.
The elegance of the solution allows an existing and very easily implemented technology add a large amount of perceived value to lots of different products, from shoes to shirts.
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Fun Personal Rocker
Sway is a rocking platform that is included in baggage trolleys. When you find yourself waiting in a long line to check into the airport, pull out your Sway, and rock the minutes away.
Man, we're suckers for playful. The idea of a whole United check-in line full of rockers was too funny.
RFID Item and Child Management
Elijah Wiegmann & Justin Johnsen
It’s happened to all of us. You are traveling for pleasure or business and realize that something has gone missing. You have lost (or someone has taken) your wallet, purse, luggage, or even a child. A wave of panic sets in as you try to remember where it could have gone…Enter the relief from this anxiety with the help of Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chips. Protecting and keeping track of your wallet is as simple as inserting a slim RFID card into a slot in your wallet. To monitor your luggage or purse, just drop a transponder pebble into a compartment. Most important of all, to make sure that a child does not get lost or abducted, give them the fun-to-wear RFID watch. The watch has a secure latch so that the child cannot take off the watch on his or her own. All of these devices are monitored through a base unit small enough to carry in a pocket or clip on a belt like a cell phone. If any of the RFID devices are separated more than twelve feet from the base receiver, both devices sound an alarm to notify the user. The base receiver will track the location of your valuables on an LCD screen while the alarm on the devices will help to locate them and deter thieves.
Lots of different functionality in this design, from wallet theft prevention to child monitoring. RFID might not be the right technology, because of it's limited detection range, but the range of applications is great.
Security Checkpoint Re-design
With all the modern technologies available to us, why not add a little visual appeal to Airport security Checkpoints? Luf places metal and explosive detection pads discreetly so as to minimize physical and visual distress to passengers going through security.
Ron, we hear you. Security checkpoints are long overdue for a brightening up. While most of the technologies you suggest are set pretty far in the future, the idea of a minimalist installation is nice, and it might cut down on the possibility of miss-handled of snuck-through items, since there would be less shuffle to lose things in.
Airline Art Museum
An airport is an enormous captive audience of travelers, all wishing they had something to occupy their time waiting for their plane. Why not turn terminals into independant art galleries which sponsor works from the community, and raise funds through sale of the art. Christopher even included an original song which he wrote for the contest. It's a little too big to host here, but we're working with him to get it up on his band Hooliganship's site
Alternative ways of funding arts and artistic expression, and new ways of engaging the public in art and design are totally interesting to us. This concept is already in place in many airports, although mostly as a showplace, rather than a funding source. Definitely something worth considering
Searchable Wrapping Paper
Despite being ineligible to win, Elliott was so fed up with having his carefully wrapped packages ripped apart at christmas, he envisioned a new kind of elastic, velcro-closeable, re-usable wrapping for gifts that could be applied after you want through security.
If you've ever had this happen to you, it's close to the most aggravating thing ever, especially since the gift is a sweater, and the security guards SWEAR they saw a knife on the X-ray... Oh well.
Be sure to stay tuned this friday for the next Bonfire. It's going to be even hotter than this one.