Dyson Co., Ltd. James Dyson Award 2022 Out of more than 1,600 submissions from 29 countries and regions around the world, the smart pH sensor for wound protection has been selected as the international best award.

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James Dyson Award 2022 Out of more than 1,600 submissions from 29 countries and regions around the world, a smart pH sensor for wound protection was selected as the international best award.

The James Dyson Award (JDA) 2022 International Engineering Award sponsored by the James Dyson Foundation for the purpose of supporting and nurturing the next generation of engineers and designers. Award-winning works announced. These three works were selected by Dyson founder and chief engineer James Dyson himself from among the top 20 international projects announced in October.
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International Grand Prize – SmartHEAL (Poland): A smart sensor for wound protection that indicates the wound healing state by measuring the pH value, invented by a student at the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. (Left photo above)
Sustainability Award – Polyformer (Canada): A machine invented by students at McMaster University in Canada that recycles PET bottles into inexpensive 3D printer filament for developing countries. (center of the photo above)
International Second Prize – Ivvy (Belgium): A wearable device designed by Charlotte Blancke of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, to replace existing drip stick equipment that improves patient comfort and mobility. (Right photo above)
*Click here for video (English only): https://youtu.be/r6g_72Dpp18
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Since its inception in 2005, the James Dyson Award has rewarded over £1 million* for over 300 promising inventions submitted by young engineers and scientists from around the world. is awarded. With more than 1,600 entries from all over the world this year, James Dyson has won two International Awards of Excellence (£30,000 each*) and one runner-up award (£5,000*). to support further research and development and development in the future.
* Reference amount: 1 pound = 151 yen (to be converted according to the exchange rate at the time of award announcement)
Reflecting on JDA 2022, Dyson Founder and Chief Engineer James Dyson said: “Each year, the James Dyson Awards demonstrate that young people are passionate about improving the planet and solving environmental and health problems. “These young inventors are doing something more productive. They’re using engineering, science, and creative design to get serious about solving problems.”
Each award-winning work
Best International Award – SmartHEAL: Tomasz Raczyński, Dominik Baraniecki, Piotr Walter – Poland
The problem this invention attempts to solve
When a wound is covered with a protective material, it is difficult to see how well it has healed. However, frequent replacement of dressings can slow wound healing and lead to infections and tissue destruction. *1
Poor wound healing can lead not only to tissue inflammation, but also to necrosis (irreversible death of body tissue), which can be severe and even fatal.
According to US government estimates, the elderly population will exceed 77 million in 2060, and in the US, 3% of people aged 65 and over are said to have open wounds. increase. Chronic wounds, in particular, can be a persistent problem in this age group. *² solution
Current methods for diagnosing wounds rely on subjective assessments of color, odor, temperature, etc., and expensive biochemical tests. *⁴ [Image 2d42335-79-20642ed9335fa45fe6f0-1.jpg&s3=42335-79-8f21ca6a44702d38ac94d45a949de1b0-355x237.jpg
SmartHEAL is a highly accurate, low-cost and versatile wound protector smart pH sensor. SmartHEAL utilizes an RFID (radio frequency identification) communication system to monitor the pH of the wound, assessing the condition of the wound and detecting infections without removing the protective material, i.e. without destroying the tissue. can do. 4 Medical professionals can then analyze the data and prescribe appropriate treatments for the wound. Smart protectors create and maintain a balanced wound environment. *⁵
Dyson Founder and Chief Engineer James Dyson said:
“We’ve all timidly peeled off a bandage or bandage to see what’s underneath. It provides doctors and patients with pH values, an important indicator of wound healing. SmartHEAL, a smart wound protector, has won an international award that can improve care, prevent infections and save lives.This award marks a difficult road to commercialization. I hope it will be a driving force for the team moving forward.”
next step
In the future, we plan to start clinical trials after completing the verification. We aim to acquire certification so that we can start distribution and sales of SmartHEAL wound protection materials in 2025, three years from now.
The SmartHEAL team on winning the international award said:
“We are thrilled to have won this year’s James Dyson Award for Best International Invention! This is a great opportunity for us to become something bigger, a world-changing invention. We will continue to improve the prototype, obtain patents, and pass the necessary clinical trials for the commercialization of SmartHEAL.James Dyson himself said, ‘Congratulations! Those words still ring in our ears, and we are filled with unbelievable feelings, joy, and joy!”
facts and statistics
・In developed countries, 1-2% of the population is said to experience chronic wounds during their lifetime. *⁶
A dramatic increase in the aging population will increase these numbers, as there is a negative correlation between wound closure and age.
Background: Chronic wounds affect the QoL of approximately 2.5% of the general population in the United States, and wound management has a significant economic impact on healthcare. *⁷
*1 https://www.cornerstoneuc.com/2021/04/23/side-effects-of-improper-wound-care/https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/wound.2021.0026
*⁴ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486717/#:~:text=pH%20has%20a%20significant%20role,at%2Drisk%20or%20infected%20wounds.
*⁵ https://www.news-medical.net/health/How-Could-Smart-Bandages-Revolutionize-Wound-Care.aspx *⁶ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5017042/
*⁷ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8024242/
Sustainability Award – Polyformer: Swaleh Owais and Reiten Cheng – Canada The problem this invention attempts to solve
While working at a makerspace in Rwanda, Sware and Leiten discovered that many local people could not use makerspace 3D printers because the cost of imported filament was too high. *⁸ They also noted that Rwanda lacks infrastructure for recycling PET bottles as another challenge.
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The Polyformer is a low-cost machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printer filament. The Polyformer cuts the PET bottles into long strips and feeds them into the molding machine. This strip of material is then thermoformed into a 1.75mm filament through a nozzle. The filament is passed through a vent and after the plastic has cooled, it is wound onto a spool and inserted into the 3D printer.
The target of this invention is developing countries where the import price of filament for 3D printers is high. Polyformer provides manufacturers with easy access to affordable, high-quality filament for 3D printers. This will promote the use of design infrastructure and career advancement in developing countries, and will enable creators to recycle their own waste and use the results productively. *⁹
Dyson Founder and Chief Engineer James Dyson said:
“By turning used PET bottles into 3D printer filament, Polyformer helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, providing engineers and designers, especially in developing countries, with cheap and plentiful materials. Their ideas will open up new
possibilities for other inventors to prototype their ideas with 3D printers.”
next step
Sware and Leiten are currently building a new Polyformer for deployment at their partner makerspace in Rwanda, and the Polyformer project is developing new inventions such as the Polyjoiner, Polydryer and Polyspooler.
-Their new invention-
1. Polyjoiner
A typical 500ml PET bottle can only produce 3m of filament, which is not long enough for many printing jobs. Sware and Leiten developed Polyjoiner, a system that automatically joins multiple filaments into one long filament.
See a quick demo here: https://youtu.be/JGTlgK1d208
PET material is hygroscopic, so it will absorb some of the water you put in the PET bottle. Moisture in the filament will adversely affect print quality. So Sware and Leiten are developing the Polydryer, a low-cost machine that evaporates water from 3D printer filaments. 3.Poly spooler
3D printer filament requires long fibers to be wound onto a spool. This keeps the filament from tangling while the printer is running. The Polyformer team has developed the Polyspooler, a machine that automatically winds recycled filaments, to develop more practical filaments.
The Polyformer project is 100% open source and all CAD, code and fabrication instructions are publicly available on their Discord site (https://discord.gg/d6eYykSs). Open source software is beneficial for growth in developing countries due to its low development costs, high security and good quality. *1⁰ ​​Supports collaboration, employment opportunities and skills development to promote community development and collective equity. *11
Commenting on the Sustainability Award, the Polyformer team said: “It is a great honor to receive the James Dyson Awards 2022
Sustainability Award. of students, designers, and makers will be able to get low-cost 3D printer filament, which means they’ll be able to get more out of the community’s 3D printers. , see here
facts and statistics
Of the 40 million tons of plastic waste generated in the United States, by 2021, only 5% to 6%, or about 2 million tons
only recycled. *1²
o Total bottle recycling in 2020 was 27.2%, down from 28.7% in 2019. o PET bottles are said to take more than 450 years to decompose. ・The size of the global 3D printer market in 2021 is expected to reach US$13.84 billion (approximately ¥1.94 trillion), and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8% from 2022 to 2030.
o Globally, 2.2 million 3D printers will be shipped in 2021, and it is expected to reach 21.5 million in 2030. *1³
A standard 1kg roll of filament sells for over €45 in Rwanda. In Germany, the same filament can be purchased for €11. This price gap is compounded by Rwanda’s low purchasing power. Rwandans have a high barrier to access to 3D printing services as filament is prohibitively expensive. *1⁴
• Accessibility of recycling services is the first major factor influencing consumer recycling behavior in developing countries, often based on the convenience of recycling collection services. *1⁵ ・Consumers with easy access to recycling have been found to be 25% more likely to recycle. *1⁶
*⁸ https://www.ic3dprinters.com/trade-wars-and-tariffs-a-3d-printing-perspective/
*⁹ https://www.forbes.com/sites/richarddaveni/2019/03/19/how-3d-printing-can-jumpstart-developing-economies/
*1⁰ ​​https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261960028_Success_of_Open_Source_in_Developing_Countries_The_Case_of_Iran *11 https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/open-source-technology/129261/
*1² https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/06/recycling-global-statistics-facts-plastic-paper/
*1³ https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/3d-printing-industry-analysis *1⁴ https://nyerekatech.com/shop/pla-filament-1-75mm-1kg-roll-for-3d-printer/
*1⁵ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323104735_Post-consumer_plastic_packaging_waste_in_England_Assessing_the_yield_of_multiple_collection-recycling_schemes
*1⁶ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/299074048_What_keeps_Chinese_from_recycling_Accessibility_of_recycling_facilities_and_the_behavior International Second Prize – Ivvy : Invention of Charlotte Blancke The problem this invention attempts to solve
Charlotte says that a colleague of mothers was dissatisfied with the IV equipment her child was using for treatment and actually replaced the IV pole with a coat hanger to increase her daughter’s comfort. As a result of this research, we found that although home medical care is increasing, the equipment used for home infusion therapy is the same as that used in hospitals, even though it is used in a different environment. As more patients turn to home health care services for recuperation and long-term care, complex medical devices are frequently used in the home, often under inappropriate conditions. *1⁷ [Image 4d42335-79-87deb1da4cc39ebf15de-3.jpg&s3=42335-79-5ce3b449653b851c2e0dbafef0152cc2-415x347.jpg
Fluid therapy is a method of administering fluids and drugs at a steady rate through a cannula or needle. 18 Ivvy is a wearable alternative to current IV poles that provides optimal patient mobility and includes an easy-to-use infusion pump and software for nurses to remotely monitor patients.
Currently, there is a lack of feedback on intravenous therapy and the existing infusion pump interfaces are complex. Charlotte has developed an infusion pump that is intuitive to use with a simple interface. Nurses can easily set up home treatment, and patients can follow the progress of treatment with LEDs, displays and audible notifications. Dyson Founder and Chief Engineer James Dyson said:
“Having treatment on an old-fashioned tall pedestal with an IV drip makes your home feel like a hospital. I hope Charlotte’s idea develops into commercialization.”
next step
Working with industry professionals, Charlotte aims to further develop Ivvy. facts and statistics
• Current IV stands are costly and complex in design. There is no wireless communication between the nurse and the IV pole, and the machine consumes a lot of power. *1⁹
• The most common IV stand is a free-standing moving pole. The biggest drawback of this design is that it is easy to tip over. It is tall and has a relatively small base, which makes it unstable. *²⁰
*1⁷ https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/home-health-and-consumer-devices/home-use-devices *1⁸ https://www.healthline.com/health/infusion-therapy
*1⁹ https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jhe/2020/7963497/
*²⁰ https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01966833/document
The James Dyson Award is scheduled to be held again in 2023. A separate announcement will be made regarding the application start date.
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