Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 invention awards

2011 invention awards

1.THE STARK HAND


Created by Mark Stark, The Stark Hand prototype provides an ingenious, comfortable, and very inexpensive alternative to the hook his friend Dave Vogt had worn all his life. With the new hand, Dave can now catch balls and grip wine glasses.


2.THE BODYGUARD


David Brown designed The BodyGuard , a crime-fighting armored glove, as built-in self protection. The demo model hasa camera, a wrist mounted stunner and lots of room for future improvements. The idea came to David while talking to his friend, Kevin Costner.



3.THE PRINT BRUSH


Weighing in at less than a pound, Alex Breton's PrintBrush easily fits in a laptop bag and prints on any flat surface, from wood to fabric to plastic. Alex worked on the project for 11 years, but a version with a bonus built-in camera comes out early next year.


4.THE CATAL LANDING PAD


Aaron Coret and his friend Stephen Slen came up with the Katal Landing Pad after Aaron had a nasty snowboarding accident. The board, which was used during the 2010 Winter Olympics, provides a giant cushioned landing for snowboarders and helps make the sport safer.


5.DYNAMIC EYE SUNGLASSES


Unlike regular sunglasses, Chris Mullin's glasses block glare instantly with liquid crystal lenses that darken the most where the sun's light is the brightest. A particularly sunny commute inspired Mullin's invention.


6.THE BED BUG DETECTIVE


Built to imitate a dog's nose, the Bed Bug Detective sniffs out bedbugs quickly. Chris Goggin plans to create a model that can detect other pests, too, including mice and cockroaches.


7.A PRENATAL MARKER TO SCREEN FOR PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS


Designed by a college student and his classmates, the Prenatal Screening Kit , or safety pen, helps detect complications in pregnancies at an early stage. The pen will be quite cheap, costing only a third of a cent peruse, making it a perfect tool for hospitals in developing nations.


8.THE ZERO LIQUID DISCHARGE


With a pleasant name for a gross procedure, the Zero LiquidDischarge , or ZLD, completely oxidizes and evaporates sewagefrom boats, airplanes and RVs. After flash evaporation, the waste leaves as a harmless, odorless aerosol.


9.KYMERA MOTORIZED BODY BOARD


The lightweight Kymera Body Board is Jason Woods's solutionfor a timeless problem (for luckypeople): how to have fun at the lake without the hassle of lugging a boat around. The latest version of his motorized body board hits speeds of 25 mph.

10.THE MEDICAL MIRROR


While it can't tell you if you're the fairest of them all, the Medical Mirror can tell you your heart rate, which is probably more valuable in the long run anyway. A webcam behind the mirror captures variations in reflected light on your face, and an algorithm translates that into heartbeats.

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