The winner of the 2009 James Dyson Award is the Automist, a faucet fitted with a high pressure pump. When heat is detected, it fills the room with a mist, suppressing the fire.
The creators of this concept design, Yusuf Muhammed and Paul Thomas of the Royal College of Art, get about $16,500 to split between them with their school getting the same amount. Presumably, the cash and visibility that they've gained from winning the design award will allow them to make the Automist a product we'll be able to, you know, buy. I just worry that it'll invite a lot of pranking, but I guess time will tell. [James Dyson Award via FastCompany]