Masie developed Hae Hae through extensive product research, rapid prototyping and prototype testing with children. When Hae Hae is turned on, the device will display information including the battery life, how much medicine is available, when and how long to shake the inhaler, and a reward system for taking one's medicine. The oval mouthpiece is more secure, easier and has better stability when placed in the spacer. The canister is locked in place with keyhole access at the back that opens when the user is running low on medicine.
If an inhaler is triggered wrong, they might not receive the full dose of their medicine, which can potentially be dangerous. The device can be triggered easily by both adults and children with the extension of the trigger wings that can be folded down when not in use. Due to the inhaler's ergonomic design, it is better suited for smaller hands to hold onto.
Sir Ray Avery says: “This device has a game-changing design that could save lives. New Zealand has the highest rate of asthma in the developed world, and this could really help children be more engaged with taking their medicine. Maisie has thought about this issue, realised there was nothing on the market and designed a clever solution that has been executed well. It’s a clinical problem that has a worldwide application and could easily be produced and rolled out globally to benefit children everywhere.”
Winning the national leg of the James Dyson Award will inject NZ$3,900 into Maisie’s project to further develop Hae Hae. Maisie aims to continue making improvements to make it more portable, comfortable and engaging to encourage children to understand why it’s important to take their medicine.
The Runners Up
Runners up in this year’s competition included Victoria University of Wellington students Matthew O’Hagan and Courtney Naismith with their design The Utilize Series; a collection of high-end 3D printed products made locally out of hard-to-recycle plastics and other waste materials. The second runner-up is Massey University student Zene Krige, with her design Trax, an autonomous ground vehicle designed to detect and spot-spray weeds on agricultural land.