Australian Wearable Asthma Gadget Wins James Dyson Award Prize

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Katherine Kawecki, 22, of Sydney, invented an asthma management device called Respia, which has claimed runner-up in an international design competition. Picture: Chris Pavlich

Katherine Kawecki, 22, of Sydney, invented an asthma management device called Respia, which has claimed runner-up in an international design competition. Picture: Chris Pavlich

AUSTRALIAN designer Katherine Kawecki wants people to breathe easy, and she’s closer to achieving her dream after claiming an international award.

The 22-year-old industrial design graduate was named runner-up in the James Dyson Award overnight for her unique take on asthma management, claiming more than $9800 prizemoney and worldwide recognition.

Ms Kawecki’s device, Respia, features the first wearable technology — a patch — that tracks when users are getting breathless and discreetly taps them.

Respia also features an app to track medication use, and a redesign of asthma inhalers, adding preventer and reliever medication in one device. Read more…