An innovative solution presented by Chennai-based engineer Pravin Kumarhas been announced as the national winner for India of the prestigious James Dyson Award 2023 for his innovation Mouseware, a movement-based technology designed for people with upper limb disabilities. By using the power of head movements, this technology enables control of smart devices, allowing individuals to effortlessly interact with digital devices.
The James Dyson Award encourages students across 28 countries to design something that solves a problem through clever yet simple engineering principles that address clear problems. The 2023 edition of the award in India saw an influx of ingenious concepts as young and bright engineers showcased innovative solutions aimed at tackling real-life challenges. The national winner Pravin Kumarwill receive prize money of approximately INR 5 Lakhs (£5,000) and will also represent India in the International round where final winners will be handpicked by Sir James Dyson.
With the help of the prize money, the national winner aims to repurpose his patented technology for various applications that require gesture-based interaction. He aims to take the invention to NGOs, special schools, hospitals and rehab centres that work towards the upliftment of people with disabilities.
Pravin Kumar, National Winner of India for the James Dyson Award 2023 said, “My inspiration for Mouseware comes from a deep-rooted belief in the power of technology to transform the lives of all. The motivation to create Mouseware was born out of a desire to break down barriers for individuals with disabilities and empower them to become digitally independent. Winning the James Dyson Award is a tremendous honour, and it will significantly propel our mission forward. It not only validates our hard work but also provides us with a global platform to share Mouseware’s potential. With this recognition, we aspire to expand our reach and make Mouseware accessible to countless individuals worldwide.”