The winner of the 2015 James Dyson Award has been announced, and it’s a team of engineering students from the University of Waterloo, Canada. The four-person outfit has impressed with Voltera V-One, a laptop-sized printed circuit board (PCB) printer capable of converting a design into a real device in a matter of minutes.
While it may not sound particularly sexy or future-y, the V-One should help a huge range of companies save time, money and resources. The current PCB-manufacturing process is time-consuming and expensive, which can put off startups looking to create brand new electronics. The V-One cuts out all the faff.
“The Voltera V-One team is made up of four impressive young graduates," said James Dyson. "Their solution makes prototyping electronics easier and more accessible – particularly to students and small businesses. But it also has the potential to inspire many more budding engineers. Something I am very passionate about.” As the winner of the main prize, the Voltera V-One team gets its hands on £30,000 in funding, as well as plenty of much-needed publicity.
Coming just behind it are Green Fairy, a system of algae-fighting plastic beads, and Express Dive, a scuba-diving set up that allows the user to dive to much greater depths than a snorkel without the expense or weight of traditional scuba diving equipment.
Check out the best of this year's British entries via this link.