The 2015 BT Young Scientist of the Year has been awarded to a Dublin teenager for creating the world's first 'Accompaniment Detector', which is set to change traditional Irish sessions forever.
The exhibition, which concluded today, lasted the whole week with competitors from all over the country taking part however it was the 'Accompaniment Detector', a device that can sense the presence of any accompanist within a 500m radius, that stood out.
A Dublin teenager was the brains behind the detector and has already signed a deal which will see it put immediately into mass production. The teenager is looking forward to seeing the device at sessions all over the country.
"I'm a musician myself, piano accordion, and I was sick and tired of sessions being ruined by accompanists. Every session I went to I saw people giving out and muttering under their breaths. I put 2 and 2 together and thought that it must be the accompanists!"
"This device will seek to end all that. Every session should have one of these and some already do! It will detect any accompanist withina 500m radius, thus giving enough time for the sessioners to pack up and quickly move on before any contact is made. It's revolutionary."
Organisers of the BT Young Scientist have hailed the new invention as finally bringing together the worlds of science and Irish music. Accompanists however have decried the introduction of the machine, saying that it is an invasion of privacy.
"We have rights too you know! It's a disgrace! Not all of us are crap! All we want is the right to skulk around sessions at night and decide which one we want to takeover. Is that too much to ask?"