By rewarding innovation leaders like minimic, the winner of the Gold Award, the UX Design Awards attempts to answer the question “will technology make our lives easier, advance humanity and enable greater participation?”
The winners were announced at a ceremony on Friday, hosted by Ake Rudolf, Head of Strategy, IDZ. Joined on stage by jury members Layla Keramat, Simone Heissel and Marion Fröhlich for a discussion on the importance of design in the user experience for connected life and work, Rudolf explained the criteria for nomination, the judging process and how the awards celebrated design as a strategic tool of innovation.
“It’s about human-oriented design, quality not quantity. Tech needs to be accessible, not complex and difficult,” Rudolf said.
Of the 50 nominees, ranging from corporate scheduling software and medical AI to agricultural control systems and gaming accessories, 10 were rewarded with a trophy and the prestigious title of UX Design Award Winner.
In the “Concept” category for product visions and concepts, the jury selected three winners: a citizen-oriented judicial system by Renderspace for The Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia; a fuel-ordering app by Valtech for Lufthansa pilots; and INTUSI: a system for the intuitive operating of excavators in the digitalised construction site, by Technische Universität Dresden and Liebherr. In the “Product” category for market-ready products and services, the six winners were: Bimodal hearing care from cochlear implant system Cochlear Nucleus by the Smart Hearing Alliance; smart cooking platform Cookidoo by intive and User Interface Design for Vorwerk International; medical innovation DigitalDiagnost C90 Tubehead by Philips which reduces the need for harmful X-ray exposure; hybrid physical and digital gaming device SquareOne by Wizama; the Tugboat Alarm, Monitoring and Control System by VanBerlo for Damen Shipyards; and Venue Family, an AI-enabled family of Point of Care Ultrasound products, by GE Healthcare.
THE UX DESIGN AWARDS HONOUR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT ADD VALUE
TO APPLICATIONS, TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES
The main prize – the Gold Award – went to Intuity Media Lab for minimic, an intelligent microscope designed for the workbench in life science research and medical laboratories.
With its integrated AI, the intelligent microscope is able to learn from human experts and analyse samples independently. It can diagnose infectious diseases that threaten millions of people around the world. With this prize, the jury recognised the outstanding relevance of the compact product, with its high level of craftsmanship, as a “handy solution” to perennial medical problems – especially in emergency situations and in the developing world. The jury also commended the fact that the state-of-the-art algorithm used in minimic is open for further development by the professional community.
“The UX Design Awards honour innovative solutions that add value to applications, technologies and services through positive experiences, and this year’s laureates are excellent examples of this,” concluded Ake Rudolf.
More than 50 products and concepts, all of which made the nomination longlist for the 2019 UX Design Awards, are showcased in an exhibition at IFA NEXT.
Photo: Ake Rudolf, Head of Strategy, IDZ
UX Awards Gold Winners: Markus Turber (left), Founder, Intuity Media; Dr Henning Falk, Product Manager, minimic