Designer: Cleber Niels and Rodrigo de Freitas Wolf
Location: Curitiba City, Brazil
Award: Student Notable
Equine Exhaled Breath Condenser
The project is a veterinary equipment to get diagnosis from the equine respiratory system. The product captures information from the respiratory system performing the condensation of the exhaled gases in the breath, to be able to gather liquid samples and send them to analysis.
We wanted to avoid the existing methods of respiratory diagnostics in horses that are limited, invasive, expensive (because of sedatives) and traumatic. We were excited about the feasibility of a new process to obtain diagnostics through a product in a seriate, fast, clean and cheap way. The challenge was Insert the design in an area that handles about 20 billion dollars per year (in the case: products for animal health). This area is relatively unexplored by design and requires specific technical information, requiring a multidisciplinary work. Animal health design is not viewed with much confidence in the scientific environment, what makes the development harder in determined situations even though the solution would directly benefit the user's health, be him a man or another animal.
Core77: How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
Rodrigo is in Munich - Germany, so he watched the live streaming results with his friends there, and I was at my work (5 pm Brazil time), watching with my co-workers. When we knew the results, my goodness, we started to scream around. We got very happy. We talked on the phone, e-mail, twitter, and we got congratulations from our friends, teachers and familiars.
Later I went out with my girlfriend to celebrate the prize and I believe Rodrigo did the same with his German friends. I confess that I danced around and rolled on the floor when I heard my project's name on the live results. The prize exposed our project and now interested people are looking for us to talk about it, to explain it and how we did it. We are trying to commercialize it, since its patent required.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
The project was patented with our university and now we are divulging it, looking for partners to go on together.
What is 1 quick anecdote about your project?
Multidisciplinary work was essential to the project, so the veterinarian (Pedro Vicente Michelotto Jr.) joined our team and helped us to discover, work and solve the problem.
All the information related to animal science (essential to develop the project's solutions) was conceded by Pedro Vicente Michelotto Jr., adjunct professor of the Veterinary course and coordinator of the Hospital for Equines of Pontifical Catholic University of Parana.
The higher point in the development was the research and the knowledge about the new method, such as the requirements about veterinary, animal specification, cares and its interaction with humans and objects.
We had to study and interact with horses (I'll send pictures if you want): the main focus was the new method, the animal and the professional that will work on it. That interaction gave answers to many problems that involved the use of the new method. To evolve on it, we had to consider animal anatomy and ergonomy as fundamental parameters.
Every week we visited the equine hospital to study horses and test mock-ups on them. Also we tested the condensation method (with precarious and simples equipments, but it works!).
Our product was designed to attend global demand, its polymer injection and stuff, so because of difficulty, we did (manually) a photographic model (not functional) just to expose it in the graduation exhibition. Isn't exceptional, but we did all we could.
Read on for full details on the project and jury comments.