A breathing exercise app and device for cystic fibrosis patients that can be used at home bagged the top price at the 2014 iAwards.
Elliot Smith, 23, an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Queensland, has been awarded the Hills Young Innovator of the Year iAward for Pepster and will get $15,000 to bring the app and device to market.
AdvertisementPepster uses a breathing device and smartphone and tablet apps to monitor respiratory physiotherapy in patients suffering breathing and lung conditions. It links breathing activity to actions in a computer game, encouraging children to achieve their respiratory exercise goals and ensuring they're breathing correctly and effectively.
Pepster is undergoing a clinical trial with Mater Children's Hospital and will be seeking Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the next 12-24 months.
Hills Chief Technology Officer, Leica Ison, said they received over 30 applications spanning mobile, big data and cloud, which was an impressive result for the first year of the award. The Hills Young Innovator Award recognises the most outstanding innovations from an individual 25 years or younger in three categories; Mobile, Big Data and Cloud.
Hill Limited is a majority Australian-owned publicly listed company, which delivers integrated security and surveillance, audio visual, lighting, communications and mobility, alert devices and services into trusted environments such as hospitals, aged care, transport, education, banking and the corporate sector.