The US National Winner has been announced in the 2010 James Dyson Award competition: Christine Outram and a team of MIT students invented of the Copenhagen Wheel, a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid. This tech-wheel allows riders to capture the energy dissipated when breaking and cycling and save it for when they need a boost. Like most cutting-edge technology, the Copenhagen Wheel is controlled through a rider’s smart phone.

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Next month, the international finalists will be announced and a panel of esteemed judges will review the remaining entries. James Dyson himself will select and announce the global winner on October 5, 2010. The award is his call to action to motivate and educate students about design engineering.

Check out the rest of the US finalists (selected out of over 500 entries):

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

SeaKettle life raft that desalinates sea water (Editor’s note: this is awesome!)

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Empower By Me refillable HIV/AIDS medical kit for use in developing countries

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Travel Pack bicycle travel case

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Public Bicycle Security System

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Kee to Safer Driving in-car stereo system requiring drivers to dock cell phones before turning on their car

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Parquinho play structure that incorporates activities for children with autism as well as those without disabilities

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Purify medical sanitation station

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Mantis portable dental chair and equipment dolly

2010 James Dyson Award Competition US Winner in technology main home furnishings  Category

Guardian advanced fire extinguisher

Which would you have chosen as the winner?