SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Bodyfriend, a Korean wellness and healthcare product manufacturer, plans to launch new products inspired by ideas submitted by students from Korea and overseas. The company revealed Wednesday the results of an international competition for young students and professionals that it co-hosted with iF.
iF International Forum Design GmbH is a Hanover-based organization providing design-related services, best known for its privileged design award.
The contest started in October 2015, and a total of 737 products created by students and young professionals from 34 countries were submitted. Ultimately, seven participants were selected as competition winners, and also received $100,000 in cash prizes.
The recipient of the grand prize was In Young-jo, a Korean student from Yong-In University, for his ‘Bed Care Table’, which is a moving table that sterilizes a bed and blanket with a UV (ultraviolet) lamp.
“I once suffered badly from dust and ticks in my bed,” said In. “People spend over six hours each day with their skin touching their bed’s surface, which is why bed hygiene is so important. And this is why I designed this product.”
Bodyfriend explained that it thought highly of the fact that no similar products exist in the market, and that it could appeal to other B2B consumers like hotels.
Second place went to Sweden’s Sebastian Aumer, for his ‘Mento’. Mento is a monitoring device that measures a user’s stress index based on heart rate.
The two winners were offered an internship program at Bodyfriend as well as an opportunity for their products’ mass production.
“We’ll continue our efforts to develop innovative ideas for healthier lifestyle based on our design-based mindset,” said Kim Taek, director of the business strategy division at Bodyfriend.
By Joseph Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)