An aspiring product designer has embarked on a mission to support autistic children across Scotland with the help of a projector.

University graduate Sylvester Sweeney teamed with the National Autistic Society in a bid to roll-out his puzzle projector throughout Scotland, Toy News reported.

The invention is designed to improve autistic children's social skills by encouraging them to work as a team to solve puzzles and power up the projector kinetically, which then displays images of the puzzle illustrations.

Called the Aid Autism projector, Mr Sweeney’s innovation scooped a prize in a young innovators competition as well as a £2000 grant to develop the project further.

“I was proud of my creation, but I didn’t expect to see such a good reaction to it,” Sweeney told ToyNews. “I have had a lot of media coverage and I am now confident that it has the potential to go above and beyond just a university project.

“I have had interest from schools and I am even teaming up with the National Autistic Society – the UK’s largest Autism Charity – to get my toy into schools across Scotland.”

Sweeney is determined to get further funding for the projector, which he first designed while studying at the University of Dundee, and hopes the projector will become an important learning tool for schools across Scotland.