Fast Company’s sixth annual Innovation By Design Awards drew more than 2,500 submissions. The 299 honorees, chosen by expert judges in 13 categories, represent the best products, services, interfaces, and ideas of 2017. Read on and get inspired.
Concepts, prototypes, and other projects intended to push boundaries and excite the imagination.
A modular airplane design from Airbus.
A site for showcasing simple hands-on experiments that let anyone play with A.I. and machine-learning technology.
A museum floor transformed into a “mental fitness center" for visitors.
Stylish metallic temporary tattoos that double as wearable devices, designed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research.
An open hardware platform for building programming experiences for kids.
IBM's quantum computing system enables anyone to easily connect to IBM’s quantum processor via the IBM Cloud, to learn about quantum computing, run algorithms and experiments, and explore simulations demonstrating the possibilities of quantum computing.
Designed to make you more aware of your spending habits and financial health, Scrip is a universal cash device made from copper, easily loaded with spending cash from a smartphone, bank account, or ATM.
Well is a home water conservation system that teaches people how to use their household water more efficiently.
From VR company Within, an interactive, room-scale VR experience that takes up to four participants on a shared journey that chronicles the story of evolution on Earth.
A concept by NewDealDesign that considers how autonomous, electric vehicles might change suburban and rural life.
Created by the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab, Cilllia 3D prints dense hair structures with programmable functions.
An artificially intelligent companion for older adults.
A wearable device that help users regulate their emotions by manipulating how they perceive their breathing.
Smart Design's concept for personalized in-flight entertainment platforms.
A mixed-reality educational experience.
Rapid Liquid Printing
Created by the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT in collaboration with Steelcase, Rapid Liquid Printing is a breakthrough 3D printing technology that enables the high-speed creation of large-scale, customized products made of real-world materials.
Wearable devices that add programmable robotic joints to a human hand.
Launched by Spotify, "Neural" is a rap song composed by artificial intelligence in the style of the late Brazilian rapper Sabotage.
A prototyping and visualization tool for creating VR worlds, for use inside HTC Vive headsets, built by Artefact.
A sensory VR system that lets you experience what it might feel like to be a tree.