In the competition for the James Dyson Award 2016, one of the 20 finalists vying to be named the International Winner is a gadget known as the Bloom Inhaler. It is the size of a credit card, fits in your wallet, and will deliver up to six doses of any inhaled medication. And it is refillable. Great for those with asthma or COPD on the go.
Bloom’s creator, James Cazzoli, is a mechanical engineering student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In his product description for the competition, Cazzoli indicated that his inspiration came from his experience growing up with friends and family with severe asthma. He reasoned that a slimmer inhaler could be more easily carried at all times, helping those with chronic asthma to feel less dependent on their medication.
“I want to give some independence back to asthmatics, by redesigning the inhaler to completely defer to the user,” he wrote. According to the Bloom website, the product is currently in the process of FDA approval and will be available for around $40.
Innovative, portable, and affordable. That’s really awesome of course—until someone picks your pocket.