IDE students win James Dyson Award with malaria diagnostic device

News - 06 September 2018
Students from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering have designed the Excelscope 2.0, a smartphone-powered tool that can diagnose malaria without the use of expensive microscopes and medical professionals. This reduces workload in developing countries, while increasing accuracy and decreasing cost of diagnoses.

With their design, ‘team Tazama’ is the national winner of the James Dyson Award; an international design award that aims to encourage the next generation of designers with a simple brief: ‘design something that solves a problem’. Having won the national award, the team receives € 2200 and stands a good chance of becoming the international winner.

The device has a 3D printed design that can fit an (old) smartphone. Using a ball lens and a clever algorithm, it can detect malaria in a blood sample quicker and more accurately than in current situations. The design process has been captured in a video:

The team was interviewed in Dutch by BNR News Radio: 
Listen to the interview

There was more media attention (Dutch):

The Excelscope 2.0, developed within the course Advanced Embodiment Design (AED), is part of the research initiative 'Smart Health Diagnostics for All' by the faculties 3mE and IDE. For more information:

Temitope Agbana (3mE)


Second place for IDE project Arcx

The runner-up for the national James Dyson Award is another IDE project from the Advanced Embodiment Design course! It is the Arcx, an innovative prosthetic foot for below-knee amputees. The design allows users to experience daily life with minimal concessions by providing an adjustable ankle hinge, enabling both running and walking and giving extra comfortable sideways stability.

Read more about the Arcx!