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November 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Seattle-based Artefact designs concept model for Bill Gates wishlist item

The Juice Box concept model. (Photo from Artefact)

The Juice Box concept model. (Photo from Artefact)

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates guest edited Wired magazine’s December issue. As part of that stint, he and the Wired editors developed ideas of four gadgets Gates wished existed in order to help the developing world.

Wired then selected four design shops to create concept models or prototypes of the ideas.

Among the design firms selected: Seattle-based Artefact, foundedĀ  Gavin Kelly and Rob Girling, both former design managers at Microsoft.

The challenge from Wired was to create a portable, all-purpose power source.

Artefact’s answer: the Juice Box, an open-energy system that allows people to capture energy from a variety of sources — including electrical grid, solar, car battery, kinetic motionĀ  — and store and transport it to where it’s needed, according to the company’s write-up.

Here’s an infographic from Artefact on how it envisions Juice Box working:

Juice Box_Artefact_Infographic

So far, Artefact has produced a concept model — basically a physical mock-up. It’s looking to partner with investors, nonprofits and engineering companies to develop a physical prototype and to test it in the field.

Here’s a video from Artefact on how the team came up with Juice Box:

 

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