A device that communicates by scent. Countertops that can detect harmful contaminants in food. A bed that automatically nudges a snoring partner onto his side. This past summer, six graduate students pursuing master’s degrees in the Interior Design and Architecture program in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design proposed these and more futuristic concepts as part of a residency in Drexel’s Design Futures Lab, a design research group led by Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick. Each exhibitor was challenged to use multidisciplinary research to bring to life innovative ideas that could, in theory, solve the everyday problems of five to 10 years from now. “We didn’t want to speculate on things that were totally out there,” Koltick says. “The technology has to be more current and emerging. It’s the way the students pull together the threads of their case studies and their research that contributes more to the audacity of the idea.” Full-scale prototypes of each project were displayed at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Center Annex in July.