Lightweight stroller ‘OmniO Rider’ wins Gadget Show Live British Inventors’ Award

Lightweight stroller ‘OmniO Rider’ wins Gadget Show Live British Inventors’ Award 

  • Award showcases the best in British Design Innovation
  • 3D Transparent displays - Kino-mo, and bike storage solution - Cycloc Hero take runner-up spots

Birmingham, UK – 7th April 2015 – A forward thinking, lightweight stroller is set to revolutionise life for parents of young children after being voted the winner of the prestigious Gadget Show Live British Inventors’ Project. The OmniO Rider weighs in at around 5Kg and quickly transforms from a pushchair to a compact backpack. Designed specifically for parents who ‘always seem to have their hands full’, the stroller is one of the lightest on the market and provides the perfect solution for days out when the kids flit between walking and being pushed.
With a carrying capacity of 25Kg, parents with kids as old as five can benefit, and with features such as a rain hood and sun protector, it was deemed a perfect fit to a perennial problem by the award judges: Jeremy White, Product Editor Wired Magazine; Nick Scheider, Product Designer at Dyson and Mark Shehan, Inventor in Residence at the British Library’s Business and IP Centre.
Also recognised were runners up Cycloc ‘Hero’, a simple and discreet storage solution for bikes, which allows users to hang their cycles on the wall using one pedal, and Kino-mo, a transparent display that creates the effect of content floating in 3D in the air.
Now in its second year, the competition was set up to promote the incredible amount of technology innovation coming out of the UK. “As a nation, the UK’s design heritage is one to be proud of and we wanted to showcase British talent as well as provide a platform for it to flourish and develop further,” commented Sally Bent, Gadget Show Live Event Director.
The competition is supported by Design Council Spark, a new product incubation initiative from the Design Council and Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design software.
Last year’s runner-up Edward Ward, the brains behind Veglo, a revolution in cycling safety lighting, has seen his business going from strength-to-strength after being part of the competition: “The British Inventors’ Project was just the beginning,” says Edward. “After being knocked off my bike I developed our Commuter X4 as I believed it could save lives, we launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign alongside entering the competition and it all just took off! Since last year’s event we have now been fully funded, are stocked on, have sold 7,000 units and are launching three new products this year.”
The OmniO Rider team wins £1,000 to develop their product further, a commercial stand at Gadget Show Live 2016 and three years free access to Autodesk’s product design software Fusion 360 Ultimate.
Consumer visitors to The Gadget Show Live (8th - 12th April at Birmingham NEC) will be able to get hands on with all the innovations. A full shortlist of entries can be found here.

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