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Engineering cousins’ global exposure

Two young engineering cousins are putting Tasmania on the international stage. Former Launceston College student Isaac Brain, and his cousin Mitch Torok, from Rosny College in Hobart, won the engineering category in a prestigious national accolade – the 2019 BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards – for their aWear watch prototype that gives protection to the elderly who are in danger of falling. Isaac and Mitch now head to the USA in May to compete against finalists from 80 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona. The cousins’ prototype watch issues an alert if a person falls, and this is sent to nursing staff via SMS. Isaac told The Examiner they developed their watch to protect Mitch’s 89-year-old great grandmother: “Our main inspiration was Mitch’s great grandmother, who lives by herself. I did the software and Mitch did the hardware.” The cousins now hope to conduct testing with residents in nursing homes.

14 February 2019, Edition 202

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