Meet the James Dyson Award 2020 Asia Winners
Inspiring the next generation of inventors and design engineers17 September 2020
Winner - Singapore: KIMIA
The KIMIA Rehab Kit, invented by Aaron Ramzeen and Ricky Guo, recent graduates of the National University of Singapore, is a wearable device powered by patented flexible sensor technology. It provides a comprehensive solution for remote rehabilitation monitoring– where patients who have undergone TKR surgery may follow guided exercises at home, and have their progress shared and monitored by therapists in real-time. This means that therapists can keep track of the patient’s rehabilitation journey, and deliver evidence-based personalised prescriptions remotely.
Existing wearables in the market rely on inertial measurement units (IMU), which need to be positioned consistently on the patient’s body in order to deliver accurate data. However, the signals from these units tend to drift over time, resulting in unreliable data. To counter this problem, KIMIA uses a proprietary flexible sensor which ensures highly accurate and consistent data collection that clinicians can rely on to track their patients’ progress. This device is also designed to be unobtrusive, and is built for continuous 24/7 monitoring; it can be comfortably worn during daily activities when the user is walking, sitting or sleeping.
Runner-Up - Singapore: ASCEND
The Problem: It is estimated that 3% of Singapore’s residents have some form of disabilities. Globally, one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Amongst them are wheelchair users, who face challenges daily in navigating their towns and cities.
The Solution: ASCEND, invented by Kong Shao Ming from the Nanyang Technological University, is an affordable and easy-to-assemble accessory that can be retrofitted onto existing manual wheelchairs. It allows for mono-directional motion and is a feasible alternative to navigating inclines without any motorised parts. While motorised wheelchairs do exist, it may not be affordable or accessible for all. ASCEND serves to bridge that gap, and can be manufactured by machining or 3D printing at low cost due to its small but simple design.
Runner-Up - Singapore: LittleDreamer
The Problem: One in three Singaporeans suffer from moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment for OSA. However, existing CPAP masks tackling Paediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea rarely fit children – making sleep an uncomfortable experience for them.
The Solution: LittleDreamer, invented by a group of students from the National University of Singapore, was inspired by one of their teammates’ experiences from paediatric OSA as a child. LittleDreamer, is a personalised CPAP mask that provides a perfect fit and enhanced comfort for children suffering from OSA and features a 3D-printed nasal cushion perfectly conforms to the natural contours of a child’s face. In addition to the nasal cushion, the bellow-designed connector that serves to connect the mask and the hose from the CPAP machine allows 360 degree of mobility. This provides the child with a greater degree of freedom during sleep.