Product Category/ Family Use Group

50% Lightweighted small size milk bottle / Z200
Applicant: Toyo Glass Co.,Ltd.
Designer: TOYO GLASS CO.,LTD. Glass Container Market Development Department Hitomi Abe

This is a small, lightweight, returnable milk bottle that is easy to carry and easy to pick up. It is the first bottle in the industry to achieve a 50% reduction in weight, which means that it is not only useful for people who drink milk but also reduces the amount of energy that people need to expend in transportation. In order to give the bottle its sophisticated lightweight form, the designers took care to reduce the circumference of its mouth and reshape it, trying as much as possible to create an unforced design that still has the user appeal of conventional milk bottles. Since its mouth allows the use of both paper stoppers and plastic caps, the bottle is adaptable to a broad range of uses. We were favorably impressed by the improvements in both technology and form, by the efforts to conserve resources and reduce weight, and by the presentation of a product that serves as a sophisticated example of universal design.

New Frontier Category

soft-mechanical suits
Applicant: Ritsumeikan University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Robotics, Kawamura Lab.
Designer: Sadao Kawamura

This is a proposal for a system that serves as the basis of a support mechanism to be worn on the affected body part of a person with decreased motor functions. The development of wearable mechanical elements is an important aspect of providing support for mobility during athletic training or for elderly or disabled people. Yet the aim of this particular suit is the development of a new, small, lightweight, flexible component that offers gentle interaction with the human body, especially in ways of wearing it. The designers have therefore developed and proposed a wearable supplementary muscle system by a safe method employing air pressure. We gave this project high marks for imagining new concepts in robotics, through the development of robot elements in extremely close contact with the human body, and for embodying the principals of universal design in a proposal for cutting-edge technology that anyone can use, especially the elderly and disables.