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10 Mar 2016

Graduate toy invention wins spot at Gadget Show Live

Product Design graduate, Hannah Sage, is set to showcase her toy invention at the Gadget Show Live 2016.

Hannah’s invention, Milo, is a toy lion which features technology that allows families to stay in touch while deployed overseas.

Milo has been selected among other finalists to be showcased in this year’s British Inventors’ Project zone at the Gadget Show Live.

Inspired by her personal experiences of having close family serve in the army, Milo is able to record messages from loved ones before they embark on a six month tour.

Before a soldier leaves, he or she hides 24 tokens around the family home. Each week, the family receives a clue on Milo’s screen to help them find one of the tokens. Once it’s been located, they place it in Milo’s base unit to unlock the video. They can then record and send a video message back to the soldier.

Gadget Show presenter, Jason Bradbury, will crown the winner of the British Invention of the Year 2016 on 31 March. The winner will be presented with a £1,000 cheque towards future product development and a voucher for a commercial stand at Gadget Show Live 2017 worth £5,000.

Gadget Show Live Event Director, Sally Bent, comments: “By giving all of these amazing inventors a free platform to showcase their innovations to their peers, potential business partners, important journalists and 75,000 members of the public over four days, we really hope to make a difference in raising awareness of British design and British designers.”