TMC Young Inventor Projects
These inventions, created by seven- and eight-year-old students, are the culmination of an eight-week study on innovation. Learn more about this unique collaboration between the Texas Medical Center and the British International School of Houston here.
Inventors: Josephine, Bart, Isis, Mick
Constructed for “the memory that forgets,” the Alzheimer’s Android is designed to help individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease go about their daily routines. Powered by a solar battery, the robot can be programmed by a physician or family member to accompany patients during their daily lives and help them recall tasks like making tea, brushing their teeth or going shopping.
Inventors: Evie, Artem, Karmah, Linus
Designed for individuals suffering from painful and debilitating migraine headaches, the Migraine Helmet offers immediate relief that no pill, injection or neck pillow on the market today can provide. The helmet works through a combination of head massage and an organic cream that is formulated to expand blood vessels and increase the flow of oxygen. Powered by an at-home generator or a portable battery pack for individuals on the go, the Migraine Helmet also comes equipped with oxygen bags in the case of an emergency.
Inventors: Isobeal, Zaina, Adam, Calvin
A state-of-the-art crutch accessory, the Crutch Clutch is designed to keep crutches in place during use. Made of neoprene—a stretchy, comfortable fabric that is low in friction—the sleeve stretches over the crutch top and attaches to an adjustable tether and wristband. Gone are the days of falling over while struggling to pick up crutches!
Winner (tie), Best Prototype
Inventors: Ella, Hannah, Henrietta, Sofia
To make the scarier side of medicine a little more kid-friendly, the Shot Buddy team created a needle-masking system for kids who hate getting injections. The invention works by clipping the syringe and needle into a cover shaped like a zoo animal. Available in a variety of options, each needle cover comes with a matching toy so the patient’s distraction is twofold: the needle itself is hidden and the child is also preoccupied.
Winner (tie), Best Prototype
Inventors: Diego, Florens, Manon
Intended to help children and adults who have broken their arm or wrist but still need to write, the Write Wrist is a microphone-powered dictation system driven by “cutting-edge” technology. Designed especially with school-aged children in mind, the machine can be placed directly on a patient’s cast and will write whatever is spoken into the microphone. Unfortunately, it cannot be programed with answers to pop quizzes.
Winner, Best Pitch
Inventors: Aaniyah, Adam, Oscar, Erick
In an effort to relieve the armpit pain associated with prolonged crutch usage, the Air Crutch team engineered a device with repelling magnets between an underarm pad and the top of a crutch. Complete with a storage compartment for keys and snacks as well as a locking mechanism to prevent the magnetic force from pushing the crutches too far forward or back, the Air Crutch will allow patients to “float their way to recovery!”
The Baby’s Best Friend Mobile Monitor
Winner, Quickest to Market
Inventors: Oliver, Catriona, Cooper. Elizabeth
A brightly colored mobile designed to hang above a baby’s crib, the Baby’s Best Friend Mobile Monitor does more than distract and entertain. Equipped with a smartphone-connected camera, sensors that detect drastic changes in skin color, emergency alarms and microphones, the device is engineered to identify potential health issues including fever, coughing, choking or even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It also comes with a sleeping pad that detects movement and temperature while vibrating to soothe a restless baby.
Winner, Most Innovative
Inventors: Zhafran, Haris, Michael, Maxwell
Because nobody enjoys being stuck in a hospital bed, the Portable Drip team invented a wearable IV, providing patients with increased mobility and freedom. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, the Portable Drip can be worn like a shirt or smock, with large pockets fit for IV bags that have been designed to minimize the entanglement of tubes and wires.
Winner, Greatest Impact
Inventors: Jai, Jack, Santiago
Smaller than the tiniest ant, the Ex-Ant nanobot is designed to cure paralysis after successful implantation in a patient’s spine. After embedding the device near the site of the injury, the minuscule machine will crawl to the damaged area where its legs will extend to become a new link in the spinal cord, bypassing the injured nerves to ensure that messages from the brain are successfully sent to all parts of the body.