Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy World Intellectual Property Day

The theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day is “Designing the Future.” According to the remarks of the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “With today’s increasing emphasis on ecologically sound living, 'designing out waste' is now an aspiration shared by many creators. The designs of the future will necessarily be green, and the intellectual property system will encourage designers to produce them, by helping to protect original designs against unauthorized copying and imitation.”  

My vote for a clever, recent sustainable design is Studio Aisslinger’s, Yill, a mobile energy storage unit that can store enough energy from solar panels and other renewable sources to power a modern workstation for two to three days without cords or cables. 

Studio Aisslinger
Image from Studio Aisslinger’s website.

Do you have any cool sustainable designs you’d like to share?

1 comment:

Scoop said...

I've always liked the idea of solar panel grids for home power, and any excess energy can be sold back to power plants or shared with neighbours. If everyone did that, imagine how much less of a strain there would be on power plants to fuel up their grids for energy distribution?! Unfortunately this isn't cheap enough yet for everyone to purchase and install. The shopping bag conversion was faster cause they were cheap... Someone needs to somehow design private power source grids at a more manageable consumer price point.