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We recently had a workshop to prototype some innovative and futuristic wearable devices. This was an impromptu event and really worked well. We had a group of 12-15 participants who eagerly took part in the event. They came up with some brilliant ideas, ideas ranged from safety, health care to technology, noise pollution and extracting energy from one’s own body!
Here are some ideas that came up during the workshop.
- Self-defense wrist band
- Social media hair band
- Chandelier ear protector
- Checker pulse
- Liquid/Fluid intake monitor pebble
The workshop was hosted by Greenhouse along with a team of students from eMOT. The workshop began with a group discussion followed by participants expressing their thoughts and ideas about wearables. We then had a 15 minutes prototyping session where all the participants and the hosting team came up with unique and creative prototypes. We later had a round of presentations and the session was wrapped up with some yummy snacks. It was great to see that the participants collaborated with each other and made this a fun event.
Greenhouse is planning to conduct more of these workshops in the coming semesters. Join us this Fall for may more of these fun events!!
Here are some pictures.
Good luck with the finals.
On April 30th, the Spring 2015 Prototyping Fund showcase took place at the Greenhouse at the School of Engineering with 12 teams presenting the prototypes they worked on during the semester. Undergraduate and graduate students from multiple schools, disciplines and programs – Gallatin, IDM, ITP, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Steinhardt, Stern – were there to share ideas that they have prototyped (multiple times) and were ready to prototype further.
The teams’ projects and prototypes were varied and inspiring; and the learning from the prototypes insightful, and the next steps each team envisioned all very promising! The range of fields was broad: from apps for socializing through sports or for safety, hearing aid, rehabilitation and attentional control training devices to cyber-security games, devices to help those in wheelchairs climb 1 to 5 stairs autonomously, sensor for MRI or new technology for surgery rooms (See below for a description of all the different prototypes).
Protection and Deception
The prototypes presented various levels of development: exploring an idea; testing the technical feasibility, or the user interface’ or exploring the users’ interests. Some prototypes like Sea Wave Technology, a system exploring the possibility of using waves’ energy to generate electricity and purify water or $WEAT, a wearable device that tracks sweat output level and assigns it a monetary value based on the wearer’s socio-economic status were more exploratory; others such as MRI-Gradient Mapping, a portable MRI field sensor used to account for magnetic field inhomogeneities in
real-time or SayCel, a low cost cellular communication system for developing communities, were focused on developing solutions for “real problems” and strongly inspired by users’ needs. It was exciting to hear all the teams telling us how they were planning to prototype further and refine their ideas.
NYU Safety App
One of the team SayCel, finalist for the Social Venture of NYU $200K challenge pitched the next day and won! Congrats!
Several Prototyping Fund Awardees had applied to the Summer Launch Pad program of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and should know soon if they have been accepted; two teams (Wheels Up and Mindful Music Interactive Object) are participating to the AT&T and NYU Ability Challenge.
Energy Harvesting Hearing Aid
Mindful Music Interactive Object
Last, but not least, a few nice collaborative discussions arose between faculty and students from the School of Engineering and some of the teams who had developed a prototype requiring further technical expertise! This was very exciting to witness as encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations is one of the missions of both the Prototyping Fund and the Greenhouse.
Good luck to all the teams!
The Prototyping Fund Team (Greenhouse & NYU Entrepreneurial Institute)
List of all the projects exhibited at the Spring’ 15 Showcase:
Energy Harvesting Hearing Aid
A hearing aid/listening device that harvests wasted heat
energy off of the head for extended battery life.
Cole Mahlowitz, BA ‘15, Steinhardt
An engaging all-in-one exercise device for hand
rehabilitation resulting from a stroke.
Kenny Brock, MD ‘15, School of Medicine; Vanessa Mahoney, PhD ‘15, School of Medicine; Stephen Veitch
A new technology that aims to prevent loss of medical
equipment in the body during surgical procedures.
Marcus Cimino, MD/MBA ‘16, School of Medicine/Stern;
Manavjeet Sidhu, MD/MBA ‘16, School of Medicine/Stern
Mindful Music Interactive Object (MMIO):
An attentional control training device used as part of a
meditative practice for stress/anxiety control.
Diana Castro, MS ‘15, School of Engineering
Portable MRI field sensor used to account for magnetic
field inhomogeneities in real-time, leading to improved
medical imaging quality.
Eugene Goncharov, BS ‘15, School of Engineering; John
Bayer, BS ‘15, School of Engineering; Kenny Mai, BS ‘15,
School of Engineering; Aye Maung, BS ’15, School of
NYU Safety App
A mobile application developed during “Hack Your Way
to Safety” that allows a user to notify the NYU
community when feeling unsafe.
Izabela Correa, MMT ‘16, School of Engineering; Abhinav
Jana, MMT ‘16, School of Engineering; Uday Kiran Kollu,
MS ‘15, School of Engineering; Krishna Teja Velagapudi,
MS ‘15, School of Engineering
An app that connects members of the NYU community
through sports and games.
Maximo Sica, MPA ’15, ITP
Protection and Deception
A game for people who are interested in learning more
about cyber attacks and security.
John Pak, BS ‘15, School of Engineering; Jatinder Singh,
BS ‘15, School of Engineering; Saboor Zahir, BS ’15,
School of Engineering
A low cost cellular communication system for
Benjamin Cramer, MA ’15, Gallatin; Edwin Reed-Sanchez,
MPA ‘15, ITP
Sea Wave Technology
A sophisticated system that can capture the ocean
surface waves’ energy, generating electricity and pure
Gowtham Neerukonda, MS ’16, School of Engineering;
A wearable device that tracks sweat output level and
assigns it a monetary value based on the wearer’s
Billy Dang, MPS ’15, ITP; Javier Molina, MS ’14, School of
A suite of low-cost offerings that enable those in
wheelchairs to climb between one to five stairs
Shen-fang Cheng, MS ‘15, School of Engineering;
Amanda Gelb, MPS ’15, ITP; Stefan Henry; Amanda
Parker, BS ’15, Steinhardt