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Would you like to park in your living room (and not in a Billy Joel bad kinda way)? Aaron Cheng,a  half-crazed designer at Rice University in Texas, comes up with a way for you to do so as he competes for the James Dyson Award. From the Crave piece:

As part of the James Dyson Design competition is in full swing, Aaron Cheng created the Pneumatic Shelter – a structure that transforms from living space at night to a parking space during the day.

According to the invention’s description, “The Pneumatic Shelter integrates parking and living by compressing them into one structure-solving space efficiency for the Metropolis.”

The Dyson Award is open to university students across the globe and Cheng’s design is thought to be a legitimate contender. It is also, however, something with an extremely limited appeal for most places across that same globe.

While normally we highlight a second invention, today we thought it appropriate to highlight the Dyson Awards themselves. (You can visit the site for the award by CLICKING HERE.)

You want to save some time? Fine. Here is the full breakdown of the award:

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.


The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA. See the Terms and Conditions for full entry criteria.


Stage 1: A panel of leading designers, engineers and design critics in each of the 18 participating countries shortlist the top ten entries and name the national winners. 
Stage 2: A panel of Dyson design engineers scrutinise all national projects selecting the top 50.
Stage 3: An international judging panel of high-profile designers, engineers, academics and journalists pick 15 international finalists. Informed by the international judges, James Dyson will name the winner and two runners-up.

We know James Dyson may very well be a genius. It is nice to see him encouraging the next generation of geniuses to inspire the next generation of invention across the world.