BA (Hons) Product Design student Julia Kamalova became the winner of the Russian stage of product design and engineering design contest James Dyson Award 2016. Julia presented a device for treating jaundice among newborn babies.
James Dyson Award was founded by the British James Dyson Foundation and is held annually since 2004 among students and graduates who graduated from college no longer than four years ago. The contest accepts works in the art of engineering, product design or industrial design.
Julia's project SvetTex is basically a ‘nest’ for phototherapy, i.e. treatment by bright lightning. The device consists of a piece of luminant fabric and thanks to its shape it allows creating conditions similar to the ones in a mother's womb. The construction of such design enables protecting the eyes of babies and doctors from blinding light as well as avoiding the use of dangerous phototherapy lamps that are usually used while treating jaundice among babies.
«On the next stage of development of this project, we will perform clinical testing of the device. Besides, I will continue to work on improvements of the lighting source for the nest. In the future I'm planning to collaborate with the manufacturer of neonatal products in order to create complex solutions to cure prematurely born babies», said the winner about her future plans.
As a reward for such socially important invention, Julia will receive a cash prize and will advance to the international stage of the contest.