Royal College of Art graduates Yusuf Mohammed and Paul Thomas won the international design competition with their Automist invention.
The device (pictured), which can be fitted to any kitchen tap, contains a wireless heat detector. This triggers an under-sink pump that ‘aerosolises’ mains water, creating a fine mist that puts out the fire.
Mohammed and Thomas will share a £10 000 prize, while the RCA will receive the same amount for producing this year’s winners. The design duo claims that the idea came from a brainstorming session with firemen from Chelsea Fire Brigade.
James Dyson called the device ‘simple but clever’ and said that it should become a ‘permanent safety feature in the home’.
Second prize in the competition went to Glasgow School of Art student Jude Pullen for his Pressure Alert, which stops an air-sealing balloon inserted into patients’ airways during anaesthetics from overfilling and splitting the windpipe.
Third prize was awarded to RCA graduate Min Kyu Choi for his folding plug, which is a quarter of the size of a standard plug.