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    Seoul International Design Competition

    The winners of the Seoul International Design Competition 2010 have been selected, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said.

    The “Gold Haechi” award jointly went to three Hoseo University students – Doh Yong-gu, Hong Suk-hoon, and Suh Eun-ha – for their work titled “Hot Liner.” The silver prize went to Cho Yu-jin, a student from Seoul Women’s University, and the third bronze prize went to Liming Hsing from China.

    “We have seen an increase in the number of overseas participants this year, while the selection process was difficult because the quality of the entries didn’t fall short of global entry standards,” the evaluation committee said.

    The winning works have been on show since Sept. 17 at the “Seoul Design 2010 Fair.”

    Gold Haechi-Hot Liner

    Three Hoseo University students majoring in industrial design program — Doh Yong-gu, Hong Suk-hoon, and Suh Eun-ha –created a work that the judging committee hails as “hot.” This team received the gold prize for their creation of a solar cooker device named “Hot Liner.”

    This machine transforms solar energy into cooking heat. The heat can be raised or a big dish can be raised by connecting two or more belts. The Hot Liner is made of a flexible battery and a solar panel. Heat is created only with the plate and the point of contact with the hot wire.

    Silver Haechi-Put full of light into Windows

    What would it be like to use the sunlight beaming through the window as a source of energy? The second silver prize went to the work titled “Put Full of Light into Windows” created by Cho Yu-jin, Lee Yu-jin, and Kim Joon-sae. This work creates energy through the connections of various plugs with gathered sunlight emitted through the window. The judging committee said this device could be safely used at home and has high practical merits.

    Silver Haechi-windvane in subway

    The other silver-prize winner went to Oksana Bazanova from Russia for her creation of a device that could be used on the subway. She proposed setting up a wind gauge on the subway platform, which would trigger a color change or a statement to signal that the subway train is about to arrive at the platform or has stopped at the station. This invention was lauded for conserving energy and thus contributing to promoting a pleasant city atmosphere.

    Silver Haechi-braille tape

    A guide tape for the blind also took home the silver prize. The recipient, Han Kook-il, said the tape with messages and symbols serving to guide the visually impaired could provide information on a particular product or venue. This device allows the blind to share any desired message by simply cutting the tape. The protruded part can be pressed to express the desired message.

    Bronze Haechi-Liming Traffic Light v.1.07

    This bronze-winning prize by Liming Hsing from China was inspired by the wish to prevent careless traffic accidents, which Hsing says most likely stem from the pedestrian’s psychology. As a result, Hsing’s creation encourages pedestrians to be more cautious when waiting to cross the street. The work called for changing the design of the standard traffic signpost. For instance, Hsing’s traffic signpost features a graphic image directing the pedestrian to look right and left for on-coming vehicles to prevent children from carelessly jumping onto the street. According to the judges, such slight design change could go a long way in preventing accidents and promoting a more leisurely and safe lifestyle.

    Bronze Haechi-Live with birds

    Another bronze-winning work – “Live with the Birds” – has brought to life a design fostered from the thought: “Where do the city birds live?” University students Lee Jung-hoon, Kim Jung-eun, and Lee Hyun-min together manifested the lofty thought through a design that harmonizes human beings and nature. Their prize-winning idea was to allocate a special space for birds to build their nests when constructing new apartments in the city.

    Bronze Haechi-Wind tunnel

    Another bronze-winning work was the proposal to use wind energy hidden underground. The idea shows promise, the judges said, because it calls for maximizing the use of the wind tunnels existing in cities with a sound subway infrastructure. The principle involves converting the wind energy created with the passing of the subway train into electricity. The generated electricity can then be used to power the equipment and facilities operated on the ground.

    Bronze Haechi-Binpan

    People use many types of tools throughout their lifetime. If these were condensed into one tool, this would not only save storage space but also raise its level of application. This invention, created with the collaboration of the designer from Spain allows for the object to be interchangeably used as a tissue box and waste bin. This multi-purpose design can be used conveniently in the office or at home.

    Bronze Haechi-Bottle cap sharpener

    Another bronze-winning work involves an empty cola bottle. Yuchen Liu from China designed a pencil sharpener combined with a cola bottle, which allows for the sharpened pencil remnants to fall and be stored in the bottle.

    Bronze Haechi-Handy scale

    This last recipient won recognition for developing a portable scale that can be attached and detached to a carry-on bag. This digital scale is aimed at allowing travelers to weigh their bags at their convenience to ensure they don’t go over the limit.