Toronto—An interactive baby mobile took first prize in "Create What's Next,"
A Chicago designer dreamed up a mobile that can change its display according to a baby's reaction.
an engineering contest this April that awarded prizes to designers who created products enabled by technologies 5 to 10 years in the future.
Aaron DeJule, an industrial designer from Chicago, created a mobile that would monitor a baby's movement inside its crib, then display suitable images on its six screens, which are shaped like the blades of a ceiling fan. The organic, electronic displays could even change from black and white still-pictures to color video as the child matured. DeJule won $10,000 in cash, a computer workstation, and software, from contest sponsors Alias Wavefront and IBM.
Other entries included: a purse-shaped PC containing computational jewelry; clothing with flexible, wireless, networked displays; and a universal identity card for Web transactions.