The 2014 James Dyson award honor went to James Roberts, a 23 year old graduate of Loughsborough University in England.
Roberts created a low cost incubator, MOM, to help one in ten babies worldwide born prematurely. With Roberts’ invention 75% of deaths resulting from premature birth can now be avoided. The incubator is inexpensive, inflatable and electronically controlled. For more, see the video on Roberts’ entry:
Runners-up for the 2014 James Dyson awards were:
- QOLO – a personal wheelchair
- Suncayr – nanotechnology sunscreen
- BRUISE – a smart injury detection suit for atheletes
A Noteable Finalist: Diagnosing Patients In Developing Regions
Jack Trew, a student at the University of Birmingham, has created an alternative to expensive high-tech centrifuges usually found in first and second world medical facilities. Trew’s low-tech “Spokefuge” is modern lab equipment designed to fasten to a bicycle tire allowing doctors to more quickly and accurately diagnose illness.
Spokefuge is made up of seven pieces and processing test tubes takes about 10 minutes of cycling.
The Dyson Award presents $45,000 to the winner and $7,500 to each runner-up.
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References and related links:
- This Bicycle-Powered Blood Test Could Save Lives | Bicycling
- Here are the 20 inventions still in the running to win the James Dyson Award | Irish Examiner
- Bumpy food labels and injury-detection suit among Dyson Award winners | News | Design Week