A new project at this year's BT Young Scientist titled 'Early Health Indicator for Infants' integrates a temperature sensor into the waist band of a child's nappy.
The project is the brainchild of Emily Duffy from the Desmond College in Limerick, it is Ms Duffy's fourth project in as many years.
The smart nappy is entered into the 'Senior Technology Individual' category and is designed to offer a means of communication between the child and its parent or guardian.
The project proposes to integrate a temperature sensor into the waist band of a conventional child’s nappy that will provide instant visual temperature reading each and every time the nappy is changed.
It also implants a urine test strip underneath the first polyester layer of a nappy which will provide parents a method of determining a child’s health at home.
The BT Young Scientist Awards is open to all second-level students in both the North and south of the country and takes place in the RDS over the course of five days, concluding this Saturday, January 9.