ID Fuel (www.idfuel.com) is one great site where product ideation meets communal on-line design. This summer they initiated their designers' challenge, known as a Bonfire, around the notion of improving the airline travel experience, themed as Hassle Free Travel.Smart Luggage Tag, a Bluetooth luggage tag that communicates with your cell phone.
ABOVE: The winning entry from Nathan Lynch & Lea Miller, Florida, USA
The juried winners were truly inspired, and included:
Garment classification system, which 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.
RFID Item and Child Management, RFID devices that, if separated more than twelve feet from the base receiver, sound an alarm to notify the user.
Fun Personal Rocker for entertainment while standing in security lines,
Security Checkpoint Re-design that places metal and explosive detection pads discreetly so as to minimize physical and visual distress to passengers going through security.
Airline Art Museum that turn terminals into independant art galleries which sponsor works from the community, and raise funds through sale of the art.
Searchable Wrapping Paper a new kind of elastic, velcro-closeable, re-usable wrapping for gifts that could be applied after you want through security.
The current Bonfire aims to address and innovate new-tech closures, from buttons and Mason Jars, to zippers and zip-closure bags for Clip-n-Seal It! Entries due January 15.
Thanks to the founders and editors at ID Fuel, Dominic, Elliott, Beth, Craig and Willy!