An air purifier designed by a Taiwanese graduate student to simulate climates ranging from the high Alps to the beach is one of 35 semi-finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab 2014 competition.
The Air Globe by Deng Pei-chih (鄧培志), who is working on a masters’ degree at National Taipei University of Technology, was chosen from among 1,700 submissions from around the world.
The Air Globe is an air-control unit that can simulate the temperature, humidity and even smell of different places, allowing users to enjoy their favorite climate, Deng said.
The device collects real-time information from across the globe. Users can spin an on-screen virtual globe and use a viewfinder to select the region they want to replicate.
Deng said his work was inspired by a popular tourist souvenir called “Canned Air,” which purports to contain air from specific locations.
The global design competition organized by home-appliance maker Electrolux is now in its 12th year. It is conducted in stages, allowing contestants to develop their concepts over the course of the competition. Six finalists will be chosen by a panel of experts next month and invited to a final event and awards gala in November.
The first prize will go to the product that the judges decide is the most creative and groundbreaking solution for the future. The winner will receive 5,000 euros (US$6,560) and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. The second-place prize is 3,000 euros and third place brings 2,000 euros.