A number of the projects we honor at the awards happen to be digital, non-physical projects. Websites. Viral videos. Video games. Streaming media. The I.R.L. (In Real Life!) Project of the Year focuses on a project you can hold.
Whether we’re talking about robots, architecture, swords, or beer, this category celebrates the tangible object.
The Titan Arm
An upper body exoskeleton, the Titan Arm was created by four students at the University of Pennsylvania as an engineering senior design project for use in physical therapy and occupational lifting. It took eight months of development to prototype, with the resulting arm being able to add 40 pounds to the user’s bicep curl. The arm has been recognized by Popular Science and was the first U.S. winner of the James Dyson Award. You can check out a video of the arm on Engadget, here.
Philadelphia History Truck
A mobile museum, the Philadelphia History Truck rolled out for the first time in May to tell the oral history of the East Kensington neighborhood. The creator, Erin Bernard, worked with the neighborhood to plan what stories the truck would tell and enlisted their help in sharing the history.
West Philadelphia based Peterson Goodwyn runs DIY Recording Equipment, a website where he lists numerous tutorials on how to make, well, DIY recording gear from makers all around the world. He also created Colour, “a modular harmonics generator that makes real analog coloration cheaper than current high end offerings.”