Braun Prize 2012 - Revolver

Revolver – Personal Wind Turbine

frog Paul Bradley, David Gustafson, Jonas Damon, Jineseok Hwang, Ryan Wickre and Brian Wasson Sustainability Award Winner: Professional & Enthusiast

Revolver

“Revolver” is a portable wind turbine for charging personal electronics when they are off the grid. Transported in a slender tube, “Revolver” is easily set up. When compressed, the outer layer blossoms into 4 curved blades, revealing a lower assembly of a tripod base. Spikes on the tips anchor “Revolver” to the ground during high winds. It can generate up to 35 watts of power, enough to keep a laptop charged, a lantern lit or power a phone, camera or other mobile device. A new product category is emerging: “personal power".

This means mobile, unconnected power gathered for free from renewable resources like sun, wind and water. Personal power is the ability to harness the energy potential around us. “Revolver” embraces a future beyond toxic back-up batteries and fossil fuel-generated power. As focus turns to renewable energy sources around us – solar, hydro, wind – the designers examined which of these is the most desirable and efficient for certain applications. Unlike solar and hydro, wind power is not limited to the day, night or geographic location – wind is everywhere outside. Harnessing its potential is a matter of human ingenuity.
“Revolver” is engineered to harness the greatest amount of wind power with the smallest footprint, in a highly portable configuration. “Revolver” has been designed and engineered to package these criteria into a form factor that will become the new archetype and expression for personal power, a form that captures the imagination and emotion of today’s consumers.

“Revolver” was designed to appeal to discerning and savvy early adopters of technology, as much as to the average consumer, as a highly elegant and functional solution to answer a universal need: mobile power and true freedom from the grid.

 

 

 

Finding of the jury

The jury thought that this could be a very effective and useful way to generate power. They were impressed by the complete design, function and level of efficiency. It’s a very attractive idea deployed in a very simple, elegant form with its curved blades. It is compact, simple and easy to fold. Jurors stated that this also has potential for other applications in daily life. Moreover, it would be helpful in many situations, not just at campsites or in emergencies.


They felt the product conveys awareness and puts users in charge of their own electricity needs. It provides them with greater flexibility to generate power without requiring any other means.
The jury found that it was an interesting way of thinking, having one small generator for one small purpose. They felt that the direction, in which this product is headed, is very promising and makes a lot of sense.

Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley

1978 – 1984 Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
1985 – 1991 Designer, Matrix Product Design, Palo Alto, USA
1991 – 2007 Design Director, IDEO, Palo Alto, USA
2007 – 2012 Executive Creative Director, frog, San Francisco, USA

David Gustafson

David Gustafson

1998 – 2002 B.Sc. Product Design, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
2002 – 2004 M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
2004 – 2005 Product Designer, Vestal Design, San Francisco, USA
2005 – 2007 Mechanical Engineer, Acorn Product Development, Fremont, USA
Since 2007 Senior Mechanical Engineer, frog, San Francisco, USA


Jonas Damon

Jonas Damon

1989 – 1993 B.F.A. Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1997 Industrial Designer, Tom Dixon Eurolounge, London, UK
1997 – 2000 Industrial Designer, Habitat UK, London, UK
2000 – 2006 Industrial Designer, Office for Design, New York, USA
2007 – 2008 Industrial Design Director, Arnell Group, New York, USA
Since 2008 Creative Director, frog, New York, USA


Jinseok Hwang

Jinseok Hwang

1995 – 2002 Studies, Hong Ik University, Department of Industrial Design, Seoul, South Korea
2001 Internship, LG Electronics, Seoul, South Korea
2002 Internship, Samsung Electronics, Seoul, South Korea
2002 – 2004 Industrial Designer, Design Continuum, Seoul, South Korea
2005 Industrial Designer, Pantech, Seoul, South Korea
2007 – 2009 Senior Industrial Designer, Arnell Group, USA
Since 2009 Principal Designer, frog, USA


Ryan Wickre

Ryan Wickre

2001 – 2005 Studies, Yale University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2006 – 2009 Design Engineer, GE Aircraft Engines, Advanced Turboshaft Development, Lynn Massachusetts, USA
2009 – 2011 Founder and Principal Designer, Fixed Design, San Francisco, USA
2009 – 2011 Founder and Principal Designer, Fixed Design, San Francisco, USA
Since 2011 Mechanical Engineer, frog, San Francisco, USA


Brian Wasson

Brian Wasson

2000 – 2002 M.A., Sculpture, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA
2002 – 2004 M.F.A., Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
Since 2004 Modelshop Manager, frog, San Francisco, USA