The Dyson Design winner for 2012 has been found - Nick Ross, an industrial design graduate from Massey University, has devised a solution that cuts trees right from ground level, and feeds them straight into a machine he calls the Axolotl. An extraction process then returns needles to the soil for nutrients, while the branches gathered in a separate container can be re-used as an alternative energy fuel.
The judges were unanimous in their decision to select Ross' tree harvesting device as the national winner, with head judge David Lovegrove saying: "This design is the best research project we’ve seen from the New Zealand entries because Nick has not only produced a beautiful, well resolved design, but he has gone a step further and widely engaged with the international forestry industry."
The above photo shows Julian Schloemer, who was the 2010 Dyson Design Awards winner, and travelled to the UK with $3,000 traveling expenses and accommodation, and had the opportunity to tour Dyson’s world class Research, Design and Development facility, and meet with other key members of the UK design community.
Julian, a 23 year old industrial design graduate from Massey University, said his invention, Lucid, aims to reduce the incidence of wakeboarding injuries, which are on ACC’s list of top ten adventure sport claims in New Zealand.
Open to design and engineering students and recent graduates, the James Dyson Award recognises emerging designers whose work demonstrates the ability to think differently and create products that solve problems and work better than existing products.
View details on the 2009 finalists.
Read more on the 2008 finalists.