Life Enhancing Products at the 2007 Index Awards

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Tongue Sucker
Tongue Sucker
The 2007 Index Awards, the second edition of this biannual event, were announced on August 24. Themed "Design to Improve Life," Index is a Copenhagen-based nonprofit that, as its website explains, focuses on "design that substantially improves important aspects of human life—worldwide." There were five winners each awarded a hefty €100,000, and some are seen here.

One Laptop Per Child
One Laptop Per Child
The Tongue Sucker, designed by industrial design engineers Philip Greer, Lisa Stroux, Graeme Davies and Chris Huntley of the Imperial College and the Royal College of Art in London, "allows untrained bystanders at the scene of an accident to open the airway of an unconscious person immediately and effectively," as the product notes explain.

The widely acclaimed OLPC XO laptop, credited to an expansive design team that includes Yves Behar and Nicholas Negroponte, is intended for outdoor classroom use, hence it is sunlight-readable, shock and moisture resistant, and it can be hand-powered via crank, pedal or pull-cord.



Solar Bottle
Solar Bottle
The Solar Bottle, designed by Alberto Meda and Francisco Gomez Paz, will kill the pathogens in contaminated water via extended exposure to sunlight.

Antivirus, the winner of the 2007 People's Choice Award, is a cap to protect against needle infections, designed by Hân Pham. "The cap is mounted on readily available beverage cans for segregation and isolation of used needles, which are secured inside the permanently sealed can, preventing reuse of needles," the product notes explain.
Antivirus
Antivirus
"The design embodies an element of sustainability in that it uses a waste product available even in low-income countries."

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