Project Flock lights the way for cyclist safety
RMIT student crowned James Dyson Award National Winner
17 September 2020
Problem: Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world, with their ability to carry and spread diseases to humans accounting for nearly 700 million people contracting mosquito-borne illnesses each year and causing more than one million deaths.7 Quito looks to address the public health crisis around mosquito-borne illnesses through the overall reduction of the mosquito population, with a socially and environmentally friendly approach.
Solution: Quito is a low-cost and sustainable CO2-based mosquito trap, which mimics a human presence to attract and trap mosquitoes, with a combination of fermentation and low-power electronics reproducing the cues that mosquitoes use to locate humans. Heat, moisture, natural CO2 and artificial scent are slowly dispersed through the corrugated rattan shell, attracting and drawing in mosquitoes.
Problem: One of the largest challenges preventing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from participating in mainstream systems, such as employment and education, is a limited capacity to control and respond to thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Solution: E.Cue is a smart device that applies biofeedback technologies to detect these symptoms, providing users with increased capacity for emotion recognition. First alerting users to changes in their emotional state, the technology then prompts the user to complete a series of questions to help determine the emotion they are experiencing. Once determined, the user can begin self-regulation, aided by E.Cue’s physical features centred around the theory of sensory soothing.