The results of the International Design Excellence contest have just been announced. Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the awards are "dedicated to fostering business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design excellence to the quality of life and economy", according to the IDSA.
There are some very cool ideas represented among the winners - a cheese grater that actually collects the cheese instead of letting it spill over the countertop. A cookbook that contains tastable pages that let you taste a recipe before making it, and even suggest edits (ok, that one is kind of frightening). There's even a bicycle attachment that uses a laser to project a virtual bike lane onto the pavement, giving bikers an instant bike lane when riding congested roads at night.
Some of the ideas are revolutionary, some are just better designs of current products. Check them out - which are your favorites?