Belfast Telegraph

Oxygen system inventor on shortlist

A young inventor has been shortlisted for a prestigious international prize for a revolutionary new oxygen-delivery system.

James D'Arcy is the only Irish entry to make it the finals of the James Dyson Design awards with a device called Flo2w.

The invention holds an oxygen tube to a patient's head with an adjustable headpiece that can be clipped on and off.

Mr D'Arcy, 23, from Minane Bridge, in Cork, has already beaten more than 500 entries from 21 countries across the world to make the final 18.

He could scoop the grand prize of 12,000 euro (£9,793) plus 12,000 euro (£9,793) for the design department at the University of Limerick, where he has just completed his final year.

Mr D'Arcy revealed his invention is a new way of delivering oxygen to a patient and eliminates many problems associated with the current device that supplies oxygen.

"Flo2w eliminates the big, intimidating, one-size-fits-all mask that is currently being used," he said.

"The subtle design makes the user feel as if they are not even wearing it. The oxygen is supplied to the patient through nasal tubing. The system integrates a new form of regulating oxygen in an innovative and easy way for both the patient and health care professional."

Other inventions to make the global shortlist include an ultraviolet sportspack designed by a Canadian that eliminates bacteria and odour from the user's shoe.

The James Dyson Foundation will announce the global winner on October 5.

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