Irish graduate's 'Express Dive' invention is runner up at prestigious James Dyson awards
An Irish graduate has been named as the runner up at the International stage of the prestigious James Dyson Awards.
The James Dyson award is an international student design award where the student is tasked to “design something that solves a problem”.
26-year-old University of Limerick product and technology design graduate Cathal Redmond was awarded the runner up prize for his invention 'Express Dive' invention.
The ‘Express Dive’ system aims to bridge the gap between expensive SCUBA equipment and snorkelling, allowing amateur divers to breathe underwater for up to two minutes.
Once the air supply begins to run out, the user simply resurfaces and holds a button to refill the one-litre tank.
Cathal, who received €2,500 upon winning the Irish leg of the award earlier this year, will now receive a further €7,000 from the James Dyson Foundation to develop his product.
He is one of just three students (the overall winner and one other runner-up) out of over 700 entrants from 20 countries worldwide to receive an international prize.
He is the first Irish student ever in the eleven year history of the awards to win an international prize.