Superworms that convert plastic into organic matter, an earring that monitors diabetes, and an alternative to Styrofoam made of durian fruit.
This year, the ideas were selected from 1,600 submissions from 270 universities in 60 countries. Held in Dubai, the show is an interactive annual exhibition, which has gone virtual for its sixth year.
“The diversity of the community of young talented researchers we bring together at Global Grad Show has many facets,” says Tadeu Baldani Caravieri, director of Global Grad Show. “They do have, however, a reassuring common denominator: they investigate problems, social and environmental, that matter for everyone.”
Selected students will be invited to take part in an entrepreneurship program, a $2.7 million fund designed to accelerate the development of their projects into reality.
Here are some of the most intriguing of this year’s submissions.
A power cut-proof incubator
Developed by Fabien Roy, a student at Swiss university ECAL, in collaboration with Swiss research center EPFL, “Robust Nest” is an incubator designed for newborns in sub-Saharan Africa.
It can withstand frequent power cuts by using a heat-storing battery and is robust enough to allow patients in remote areas to be transported by road vehicles.
A pillow that forces you to take a break from social media
This is “Pause Pillow,” a pillow that blocks smartphones from accessing the internet. Credit: Global Grad Show
To force people off their phones, Wonmo Yoo and HyunYeol Shin, two students attending Samsung Art and Design Institute (SADI) in South Korea, invented Pause Pillow.
When a person lies on the pillow, a sensor is pressed which sends out a signal to disrupt nearby Wi-Fi routers and block smartphones from accessing the internet.
Packaging for durian … made from durian
This is “For Durian, By Durian,” a food packaging made from fruit. Credit: Global Grad Show
It’s intended as an alternative to Styrofoam, which is typically used to package durian, as well as other foods.
An injury prevention device that looks like scales
This is “SCALED,” a device that protects against injury. Credit: Global Grad Show
Natalie Kerres, a graduate of Imperial College London, was inspired by animals that are protected from threats by skin, shells or scales.
She designed SCALED, a wearable device that looks like interlocking scales and limits movement to prevent hyperextension joint injuries.
Kerres says she developed an algorithm so the device can be customized to the user’s specifications, and can be used for injury prevention, rehabilitation and to enhance sports performance.
A baby monitor to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome
This is “mBaby Monitor,” a monitor to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. Credit: Global Grad Show
Jamie Eynon from Cardiff Metropolitan University, in Wales, has created mBaby Monitor — a system that monitors an infant’s orientation during sleep. The device attaches to magnets on the collar of a child’s clothes and alerts the parents if the baby rolls over.