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The Inventor Prize recognises the brightest ideas for products that tackle our biggest social issues.
Join us at Plexal on 18 September as Nesta hosts the Inventor Prize Awards to celebrate the achievements of its 10 finalists and announces the winner of the £50,000 Inventor Prize.
The 10 finalists, who have all received £5,000 and mentoring from Barclays Eagle Labs, are:
Ambionic Arm – Ben Ryan, Ambionics
These 3D printable, body-powered hydraulic arms can help get children under three years old ready to accept more complex prosthetics later on.
Canute – Ed Rogers and Bristol Braille
Designed in close co-operation with a community of Braille users, the Canute loads text files by SD card or USB connexion and acts as a stand-alone ebook reader.
Smart Gum Shield – Rob Paterson, ORB Innovations
Paterson has designed an injury-prevention smart gum shield that monitors the head movements of individual athletes. It then alerts the coach of potential head injuries and makes suggestions.
Gameball Platform – Guillem Singla Buxarrais, Neurofenix Limited
Developed using motor learning research, this hand-controller (or Gameball) allows people recovering from a stroke to play games at home.
Responsive Postural Support – Hsin-Hua Yu (Sheana), Aergo
Aergo’s design is the world’s first responsive postural support seating for young wheelchair users. Using pressure-sensitive inflatable supports that react dynamically to how people are positioned allows wheelchair users to be more independent.
The Unity Door Handle – Connor Peter Musoke-Jones
This inclusive door handle is designed to be intuitive to the needs of people with hand and arm disabilities (while being nice to look at).
New Medical device – Dr Tsong Kwong, GWMV Ltd
This is an alternative approach for practitioners and healthcare systems.
NuCath – Nawar Al-Zebari, Urologic Ltd
There are 500,000 urinary tract infections contracted per year in the UK. Aimed at treating these cases more efficiently, the NuCath is a cheaper and smarter catheter that uses smart technology to improve drainage.
Spacelink – Mark Singleton, Startlink Systems Ltd
The Spacelink uses a truss system that allows fibreglass to be joined together as a usable building material. Weighing less than steel, this material is a more environmentally friendly option.
Smart Carbon Monoxide Detector – Billy Mitchell and Scott Wallace, Smart Compliance
Harnessing mobile phone technology, this detector allows users to self-test weekly and report readings to a web portal. And the creators say it’s already saved two lives.