The Sensordrone Tricorder Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers is a key fob-sized device that includes multiple environmental sensors that enable consumers to run a variety of Apps — from carbon monoxide monitoring to breath alcohol testing. For mobile device developers, it offers an open platform to create new low-cost sensor applications, both for entertainment and more serious applications such as medical sensors.
Sensordrone was among the more than 950 new product ideas submitted in the tenth annual design contest, which was established in 2002 to recognize and reward engineering innovations that benefit humanity, the environment, and the economy. This year’s contest was co-sponsored by Nordson EFD (www.nordsonefd.com), COMSOL (www.comsol.com), and Tech Briefs Media Group (www.techbriefsmedia.com).
Mark Wagner, president and founder of Sensorcon (Buffalo, NY), is part of the design team and sees the Sensordrone product as a first step in making sensors, meters, and instruments “Apps” instead of single purpose, bulky, expensive equipment.
After hearing the news that he was the grand prize winner of the Create the Future Design Contest, Mr. Wagner replied, “Winning the Create the Future Design Contest was far beyond my expectations and I am really honored by receiving this award. As the product is now moving from prototype to production, this will add an additional level of credibility.”
In addition to the grand prize of $20,000, first-place winners (of Hewlett-Packard workstations) were named in seven categories:
Consumer Products LumEN: Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Sustainable On-Demand Electricity Production Gianmarco Griffini A portable device able to harvest solar energy and deliver electrical energy on-demand indoors or outdoors.http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2531
Electronics Cloud and Smartphone Accelerator James Awrach A tool that enables faster local and globally distributed supercomputing at lower power and cost.http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2826
Machinery & Equipment Thermal Stir Welding Process Jeff Ding A new solid-state welding process invented at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center that greatly improves weld quality and strength. http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2583
Medical – sponsored by Value Plastics, Inc. (a Nordson Company) Prosthetic Leg ConnectorDave King A device to aid those who wear prosthetic limbs that allows for much easier application and better comfort. http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2288
Safety & Security LIFE PACK – Hypothermia Prevention Floatation Device Dwight & Jane Cushman A heat-generating floatation device resembling a backpack that offers protection in dangerously cold water. http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2226
Sustainable Technologies Aquaback Water Purification System E. Andrew Condon A highly efficient, low cost, low maintenance, compact, modular vapor compression distiller to be used in a wide variety of water processing systems to clean incoming water or reclaim waste water.http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/2286
Transportation Re-Thinking Automotive TPMS Ivan Batinic A new approach to implementing vehicular Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) which is more economical and ecological than existing systems. http://contest.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/3041
Finalists were selected by senior editors at Tech Briefs Media Group and judged by an independent panel of design engineers. Visitors to the contest Web site could vote on entries, with the 10 most popular designs awarded a Space Mouse PRO 3D mouse from 3Dconnexion. Popular design winners hailed from Canada, India, and Egypt, in addition to the U.S. For more information, visit www.createthefuture 2012.com.
COMSOL, Inc. (Burlington, MA) provides software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation. Its flagship product, COMSOL Multiphysics, lets engineers and scientists build simulations to verify and optimize their designs. Its unparalleled ability to include all relevant physical effects that exist in the real world opens up a wide array of modeling possibilities. COMSOL’s customers apply this technology to make cars and aircraft safer and more energy efficient, enhance the reception of our cell phones, search for new energy sources, explore the universe, develop medical equipment enabling more accurate diagnoses, and educate the next generation of scientists. www.comsol.com