Lo­cal stu­dent wins trip to NASA

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Well done to An­thony Foong, age 11, from Beecroft Pri­mary School, on win­ning Ori­gin's Lit­tle Big Ideas com­pe­ti­tion. Last month we re­ported An­thony had beaten 3000 other en­trants and won a trip to Mel­bourne with 12 semi-fi­nal­ists to work­shop a pro­to­type of his idea and present this to a panel of judges. We are pleased to re­port that he won! His prize is a trip to the NASA Kennedy Space Sta­tion in Amer­ica in 2019.

An­thony de­vel­oped an Epipen within a smart watch, which is also linked to a smart­phone app. The idea came to him from two in­ci­dents. Firstly he has ana­phy­laxis which is trig­gered by his al­lergy to wheat, dairy, nuts and eggs. Se­condly, he lost his grand­fa­ther to a car­diac ar­rest whilst he was alone and out walk­ing. So his in­ven­tion can as­sist both the in­ci­dents above and if de­vel­oped com­mer­cially, could save thou­sands of lives.

The smart watch mon­i­tors the heart rate. When in car­diac ar­rest or an ana­phy­lac­tic episode, the smart watch is trig­gers at cer­tain pa­ram­e­ters, and de­liv­ers a dosage of a pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion. At the same time, the A- watch which is linked to an app on the smart phone, sends no­ti­fi­ca­tions to the emer­gency con­tact set up on the phone and to the emer­gency ser­vices pro­vid­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and po­si­tion co- or­di­nates. The drug keeps the pa­tient alive long enough for the emer­gency ser­vices to ar­rive.

An­thony is very keen to take his pro­to­type to the next level and is look­ing for spon­sors. If you can as­sist, please let us know so we can pass on your de­tails. Go to our face­book page or web­site to see a video of An­thony dis­cussing his in­ven­tion.

An­thony with A-Watch and Smart­phone App

Mum Ch­eryl, sis­ter Ju­lia and An­thony Foong

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