In December 2016, a group of young Ecuadorian entrepreneurs made history by winning the contest An Idea to Change History, organized by The History Channel. They are Fabricio Reyes, Diego Aguinsaca, Álex Aldaz and Carlos Canacuán. They were the creators of HandEyes, a small electronic device designed to help people with visual disabilities.
Today, two new projects from Ecuador want to change history again and have managed to escalate positions as semifinalists in the History Channel contest 2017 edition. The votes of the community help determine the victory of the winning project.
10 MM, a project by Juan Roberto Dávila Salinas seeks to eliminate mosquitoes in an eco-friendly way. It is an electrical sensor that combines electricity with the emission of sound. This sensor manages to attract mosquitoes and then eliminate them by means of an electrical discharge. Since its operation is based on sound, this sensor avoids the use of chemical substances that could contaminate the environment.
The second project is BioByte, a device that allows the application of medicines through ultrasound. The principle behind this device is the use of ultrasonic vibrations, which would avoid the use of syringes or other invasive methods for the treatment of diseases. This device is placed on the skin, and the application of the medication occurs without the need for needles or intravenous probes, providing greater comfort to patients. (I)