Irish student shortlisted for James Dyson Award

24 Aug 2010

James D’Arcy’s oxygen-delivery system has made the international shortlist for the prestigious James Dyson Award for his new oxygen-delivery system called Flo2w.

D’Arcy, who has just completed his final year at University of Limerick, has been shortlisted for the James Dyson Award for his invention called Flo2w, which is a new way of delivering oxygen to a patient.

With over 500 entries from students in 21 countries globally, D’Arcy’s project has made it through to the final 20.

The Flo2w device fits onto a patient head using an adjustable headpiece.

Explains D’Arcy: “Flo2w eliminates the big, intimidating, one-size-fits-all mask that is currently being used. The subtle design makes the user feel as if they are not even wearing it. The oxygen is supplied to the patient through nasal tubing. The system integrates a new form of regulating oxygen in an innovative and easy way for both the patient and healthcare professional.”



Other interesting inventions that have made James Dyson Award shortlist include an entry from Canada, the USVP – Ultraviolet Sports Pack that uses the power of UV light to eliminate bacteria and odours from the user’s shoe.

Copenhagen Wheel

Copenhagen Wheel

An interesting green-tech project is the Copenhagen Wheel, which has been developed by a group of students at MIT in Boston. The Copenhagen Wheel transforms existing bicycles quickly into hybrid electric-bikes with regeneration and real-time sensing capabilities.

Its red hub contains a motor, batteries and an internal gear system.

Run by the James Dyson Foundation in 21 countries, the James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.

Both the winner and the design engineering department of their respective university or institute of technology will receive a €12,000 cash prize.  

James Dyson will announce the global winner on 5 October 2010.

Image of the the USVP and the Copenhagen Wheel courtesy of

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic