An environmentally-friendly fly trap and a non-surgical device for measuring fluid pressure around the brain, both invented at the University of Southampton, have been awarded Millennium Product status by the Design Council.
The ExoFly trap uses pheromones to attract specific species. Once inside, electrostatic forces cause the fly to fall into the base and prevent it from escaping.
The trap is made from non-toxic, biodegradable material that can be incinerated after use, making it a `greener’ alternative to pesticides or fumigation. It is non-odorous and requires no power supply.
The MMS Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure Analyser measures fluid pressures around the brain and inner ear, which affects the way the ear drum moves. By introducing a sound through an earpiece, the analyser can stimulate a muscle in the middle ear, which can be monitored on a computer screen.
The device will not fully replace surgery, but it can cut testing times from days to minutes.