UCT Mechanical Engineering Scoops Award at Popular Mechanics FutureTech 2014
Two UCT’s mechanical engineers, Dr George Vicatos and his MSc student, Severin Tenim, won the “Cutting Edge” award for the design and development of low cost, mechanically operated prosthetic hand.
The awards formed part of the Popular Mechanics annual FutureTech Conference 2014. It is an exciting one-day event where inventors and entrepreneurs from all over South Africa showcase their inventions, which fosters and raises innovation awareness in South Africa.
This is a second win for prolific inventor Dr George Vicatos. The prosthetic hand offers a functional and aesthetically appealing device at a low cost compared to products currently on the market, making it suitable for application in the South African public healthcare sector. A patent application has been filed for this invention and the working prototype has been well-received at various expos and is currently undergoing evaluation by a practising prosthetist.