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Russian Student Invents Fridge of the Future

19. October 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Fridge of the Future?

The Sweden-based Electrolux Company is a leading manufacturer of home and professional cooking and cleaning appliances. Since 2003, the company has invited international industrial design students to compete for cash prizes and internships at the annual Electrolux Design Lab.

 

This year’s contest focused on shrinking domestic spaces. Judges were looking for ideas that would shape how people prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050, when 74% of the world’s population is predicted to live in an urban environment.

 

Yuri Dmitriev and his Bio Robot Refrigerator

Yuri Dmitriev invented the Bio Robot Refrigerator. It’s four times smaller than a conventional fridge and has no need for shelves or even doors. A special non-sticky, odor-free gel morphs around products, suspending them separately. The gel is powered by bio-robotic technology that allows it to cool to the optimal temperature for each food item. Plus, the fridge can be mounted anyway, anywhere: horizontally, vertically, on the wall, and even on the ceiling!

 

While Yuri’s invention was noted as the most original submission, and he was presented with the People’s Choice award, he had to settle for 3,000 euros with a second place finish. First place went to Peter Alwin, a student of the National Institute of Design in India, for his portable cooking and heating device called The Snail.

 

Bio Robot Refrigerator