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
Pepster 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
(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.