Designer: Knirps, Germany
The world's smallest umbrella, designed to withstand winds in excess of 80 kilometers per hour, constructed from a material that dries faster than the competition's. $60.
ARGUS 3 CAMERA
Designers: Alloy; e2v technologies, Britain
Two handles make it easy for firefighters to hold and pass this thermal-imaging camera while wearing gloves. Used to see through smoke, the Argus 3 can be worn on a strap around the neck, freeing hands. $9,000.
VODAFONE INTERACTIVE CUBE
Designer: IDEO; BCA, Britain; Y-Dreams, Portugal
This four-meter cube on the surface of a shallow lake at the entrance to Vodafone's Lisbon headquarters expresses Vodafone's brand by displaying art, writing, and games called up by visitors using their cell phones.
Designer: Tupperware, Belgium
You would never guess that it's Tupperware. Taking food storage to a whole new level, this container looks like high-end Italian glass. A watertight seal preserves food in refrigerators. $16.