An artificial pancreas that could drastically improve quality of life for diabetics triumphed at the inaugural British Inventors' Project.
A collaboration between academics at De Montfort University in Leicester and designers Renfrew Group, the pancreas, when implanted in a diabetic sufferer, automatically releases the correct amount of insulin, removing the need for injections.
As well as providing a more convenient method of medication, the artificial pancreas reduces the risk of inaccurate dosage.
The winner, chosen by Wired magazine, was announced at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham. The programme’s presenter Jason Bradbury presented the winners with the award, which includes a free stand at the 2015 Gadget Show.
“This is the first year that Gadget Show Live has hosted the British Inventors' Project and we have been overwhelmed by the quality, diversity and creativity of the 21 finalists,” commented Gadget Show Live event director Sally Bent.
The Artificial Pancreas triumphed over 21 finalists including a folding bike that can be packed up like a suitcase, a washing up glove with a refillable soap dispenser and an interactive bed with climate control and built-in massage.
Check out all the finalists here.
Bent talked about the importance of backing UK inventors like those highlighted in the award’s shortlist.
She said: “When you see what’s being invented in homes, studios, labs and universities throughout the country, products like the artificial pancreas that have the potential to transform - and possibly save - peoples’ lives, it quickly becomes obvious how essential it is that we support home-grown innovation and design talent like never before.”
All 21 products and their inventors are being showcased at the Gadget Show Live, which runs until Sunday at the NEC, Birmingham.