The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to inspire young people about design engineering. The contest is amazingly simple: Design something that solves a problem.
650 international entries, 20 finalist: the winning student team of the University Of Pennsylvania Engineering department, USA won £30,000 (US$48,260) plus an additional £10,000 (US$16,100) going to the University.
They have designed an untethered, powered, upper body exoskeleton for use in the fields of rehabilitation and therapeutic application, as well as occupations requiring augmented strength. Though systems of that kind exist, past exoskeleton endeavors have led to bulky, expensive, invasive, and tethered solutions. Their challenge was to build an exoskeletal system that is inexpensive, streamlined, and wireless. And they have done it!