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The ultimate sponge

The winners are in for this year’s annual Industrial Designers Society of America awards — and predictably, it’s a smorgasbord of incredibly cool products. As usual, my favorites are the “student” projects: Stuff that was created for a grad program and which thus does not even yet exist. One particularly cool one is the Sink Sponge by Stephen Hornbeek of the Cleveland Institute of Art, which works thusly:

The product is suctioned to the bottom of the sink, so only a single hand is needed to get glasses sparkling clean. A two hand interface is necessary for most non-commercial cleaning solutions on the market today, therefore this Sink Sponge’s single hand approach is one of a kind.

Now that’s just plain brilliant. Could some company license the design from this kid, like, now?

(Thanks to Sensory Impact for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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