2015 James Dyson Award Shortlist Hails 3D-Printed Prosthetics and Clever Collectors of Leaves and Grease

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Jimmy D has taken a short break from fighting airborne poo to announce the entries for the 2015 James Dyson Award, and three British contenders are right in the mix. Berglar, Less Leaves and Open Bionics will compete with each other and 17 other hopefuls, with the winner set to pocket £30,000, as well as £5,000 for their university department.

Bergler, headed up by Brunel University’s James Seers, is a filter that prevents drain-clogging fats, oils and grease from entering the sewage system. It collects the gunky stuff in a container, allowing you to subsequently convert it into biodiesel (or just leave it on the sink for someone else to deal with).

Also repping the UK is Open Bionics, a highly promising idea with a chap called Joel Gibbard behind it. It uses 3D printing to create advanced yet affordable robotic hands. Each model apparently takes 40 hours to make and costs £1,000, which Gibbard says is much more affordable than similar prosthetics on the market.

Ross Whillis’s Less Leaves, meanwhile, focuses on a simple and very seasonal problem. It’s a lawn mower-looking leaf collector that lets you quickly and painlessly clear your drives and pathways, and it goes about its business without mucking up your gravel. Tidy.

The James Dyson Award celebrates problem-solving ideas, and is open to university students and recent grads involved in the fields of engineering and design. The winner will be revealed on 10 November. Come on boys.