Kid-friendly asthma inhalers that look like colorful butterflies or whimsical rabbits, the humble inhaler reimagined as a fashionable necklace with interchangeable jewels – these ideas took top honors in Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)’s nationwide Ultimate Inhaler Contest.
Top winners in their age categories were Kate Smeenge, 10, of Crystal Lake, IL, and Lindsay Brenneman, 13, of Dover, PA. Honorable Mention goes to the joint submission from Mia Catalini, 11, and Cassandra Tervalon, 10, of Melrose, MA.
“We’re thrilled that applicants of all ages submitted such imaginative entries that took the concept of inhalers to new levels of functionality and style,” says AANMA Founder and President Nancy Sander.
All four girls received awards at AANMA’s Innovations in Technology Awards Dinner ceremony on May 9, the lead-off event for the organization’s 15th annual Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill and were introduced to Charles Thiel, co-inventor of the first metered-dose inhaler (MDI) in 1956. The day’s theme was “Innovations in Technology,” with a health fair featuring both historic and innovative allergy and asthma devices and remedies.
See the winning designs, read about how they work, and view other finalists here.