A design team representing the Middle East Technical University won 16 awards at the A' Design Award competition in Milan, Italy. Headed by Associate Professor Hakan Gürsü of the Department of Industrial Design, the team – called the Designnobis – submitted three designs to the competition. The International Association of Designers awarded the team with the title of the most-awarded designer, and Designnobis came second after the U.S. for the title of best designers among 142 countries. The team's emergency tent "Tentative" is presumably the most attractive product. The emergency tent is designed to be used after disasters and in refugee camps. A total of 24 of these emergency tents can fit into a transport container, and Tentative provides all the basic requirements for a family of four. To prevent heat loss, insulated materials are used and the tents are elevated above the ground. Tentative is designed to provide a sufficient number of tents to disaster areas in a cost-effective manner.
The second product "Parabosol" is a water purification system that turns contaminated water into drinking water. A mirrored parabolic dish focuses sunlight to a point turning water into steam and then concentrated through different filters. The project can produce up to 170 liters of water per day. Parabosol promises a design that can aid impoverished countries and disaster areas tackle water problems.
The third product, smart card reader "Milko," won top award in the "Innovation and Quality" category. The multifunction smart card reader is used to record electronic signatures on PCs, tablets and smartphones.
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