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Life-Saving Alternative to the Smoke Alarm Wins the 2009 James Dyson Award
Date:9/14/2009

CHICAGO, Sept 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A life-saving student design that could replace the smoke alarm as the essential home gadget has won the international James Dyson Award.

Automist, which was chosen from the final shortlist by inventor James Dyson, can both detect fires and put them out by aerosolising the water from a standard kitchen tap.

Automist can be fitted directly onto any standard kitchen tap to create domestic alternative to a sprinkler system. In the event of a fire, a wireless heat detector triggers the under-sink pump driving water through a nozzle - quickly filling the kitchen with a fine mist to put out the blaze.

London product design graduates, Yusuf Muhammed and Paul Thomas, will receive a

10,000 pounds Sterling cash prize. There university department at the Royal College of Art will also receive 10,000 pounds.

James Dyson appreciated the inventors' ingenuity, saying, "This simple but clever device should become a permanent safety feature in the home. Smoke alarms are essential part of modern life but have remained fundamentally unchanged for forty years. Automist not only detects a fire but can put it out as well."

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 60% of domestic fires originate in the kitchen. Each year more than 400,000 fires occur in U.S. homes, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries.

The idea for the design came from a brainstorming session with a number of firemen at Chelsea Fire Brigade in London. The team worked on the design with trauma and stress experts, fire engineers, international sprinkler specialists and fire fighters. A working prototype was tested in a fire facility.

Muhammed was thrilled to learn his idea had won, "It's fantastic news. Paul called to let me know we'd won at 2.30 in the morning. We're hoping to use the prize money on testing and ge
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