Pioneering trio secure Australia’s James Dyson Award with uplifting mobility solution
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Frankie Chair: A functional mobility chair- Invented by Carla Pelligra, Swinburne University of Technology
Problem: The current mobility aid market is saturated with unaesthetic products that do not address key user needs. The Frankie Chair innovates in this area and solves a range of mobility challenges with one elegant and functional solution.
Solution: The Frankie Chair aids with key mobility challenges that a number of Australians suffer from. The chair includes a pressure sensor which can alert the carer if the individual has left the chair, helping to monitor wandering in those who have dementia. Additionally, the chair incorporates a tilt mechanism, allowing the base to tilt to a 20-degree incline to help users go from sitting to standing. Incredibly functional, the Frankie Chair can adjust to the needs of the user (e.g. lengthening or shortening the legs).
Wound: Invented by Kathy Ky, University of New South Wales
Problem:Blood is the body’s life support, however, uncontrollable bleeding from traumatic injury remains the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. There is an unmet need for a lesser invasive solution that can effectively stop bleeding from multiple locations with a single application.
Solution: Wound is designed for emergency trauma, to help rapidly stop uncontrollable bleeding until the patient arrives at the hospital. Through electrical nerve stimulation, the device sends a signal to the Vagus Nerve between 1-5 times per second. Upon stimulation, the spleen will rapidly increase the production of blood clotting factors at the site of injury, forming a natural 'plug' that stops bleeding in under a minute.