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Slideshow: Vote on Cool Idea Award From Designers of Things

Voting opened today for Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award at the Designers of Things (DoT) conference in San Francisco. Designers of Things, a new conference from UBM Tech (parent company of EETimes), taps into the zeitgeist of wearables designers and the maker crowd.

Proto Labs, a distributor and source for custom prototype and low-volume parts, is sponsoring the award and is asking DoT attendees to vote for the most innovative product. Proto Labs will take the votes and choose one voter to win a $250 Visa gift card. If you want to officially join in the vote, you have to go to the show in San Francisco. Use this promo code: DOTDEMOEE to get into the demo hall and voting area for free. You can sign up here.

Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award gallery at the Designers of Things conference in San Francisco. You can vote for your favorite innovation by attending the conference or demo hall. One of the voters will win a $250 Visagift card from Proto Labs.(Source: EETimes)

Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award gallery at the Designers of Things conference in San Francisco. You can vote for your favorite innovation by attending the conference or demo hall. One of the voters will win a $250 Visa
gift card from Proto Labs.
(Source: EETimes)

The gallery at Designers of Things in San Francisco Sept. 23-24.(Source: EETimes)

The gallery at Designers of Things in San Francisco Sept. 23-24.
(Source: EETimes)

The next pages show you the innovations up for the award. Take a quick look, and let us know in the comments section which one you think is most innovative and should win the award.

The DoT doors open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 24), but Demo Lab hours are 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  1. Proto Lab’s Cool Idea! Award at Designer of Things Conference
  2. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  3. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  4. 6Dot Braille labeler
  5. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  6. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  7. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  8. RoughRider wheelchair
  9. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  10. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

This slideshow was originally published on EBN sister publication EE Times .

Soloshot object-tracking system

'Soloshot, an object tracking system that combines with virtually any camera to track a single subject and capture video from up to 2,000 feet away, received Protomold injection-molded production services as part of their Cool Idea! Award,' Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. 'Ideal for sports enthusiasts looking for high-quality video footage of themselves, the Soloshot employs remote and base units that are in constant radio communication, allowing the user to move anywhere within range and keep the camera focused on themselves.'(Source: EETimes)

Soloshot, an object tracking system that combines with virtually any camera to track a single subject and capture video from up to 2,000 feet away, received Protomold injection-molded production services as part of their Cool Idea! Award,” Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. “Ideal for sports enthusiasts looking for high-quality video footage of themselves, the Soloshot employs remote and base units that are in constant radio communication, allowing the user to move anywhere within range and keep the camera focused on themselves.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  2. 6Dot Braille labeler
  3. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  4. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  5. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  6. RoughRider wheelchair
  7. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  8. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

Floome smartphone breathalyzer

'Italian company 2045Tech has received a Cool Idea! Award for Floome, a smartphone breathalyzer that provides users with accurate and reliable blood-alcohol readings,' Proto Labs says on its website, where can see more images. 'Floome's patent-pending technology matches a vortex whistle with the same fuel cell ethanol sensor that is widely used in law enforcement breathalyzers. The collected data is sent to a corresponding smartphone app where the user can view their blood alcohol content, get an estimate of when they will reach the legal limit to drive, set an alarm to take a new test, view a graph of previous results, or call a nearby taxi.'(Source: EETimes)

“Italian company 2045Tech has received a Cool Idea! Award for Floome, a smartphone breathalyzer that provides users with accurate and reliable blood-alcohol readings,” Proto Labs says on its website, where can see more images. “Floome's patent-pending technology matches a vortex whistle with the same fuel cell ethanol sensor that is widely used in law enforcement breathalyzers. The collected data is sent to a corresponding smartphone app where the user can view their blood alcohol content, get an estimate of when they will reach the legal limit to drive, set an alarm to take a new test, view a graph of previous results, or call a nearby taxi.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

6Dot Braille labeler

'6dot received Protomold injection molding services as a recipient of the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award for their lightweight, handheld Braille labeler,' Proto Labs says on its website. 'The portability and intuitive nature of the labeler enables those without sight to better navigate their everyday environments. Additionally, since early Braille literacy has a positive correlation to employment among the blind and visually impaired later in life, 6dot hopes their device, that even young children can manage, will have an impact on improving the Braille literacy rate.'(Source: EETimes)

6dot received Protomold injection molding services as a recipient of the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award for their lightweight, handheld Braille labeler,” Proto Labs says on its website. “The portability and intuitive nature of the labeler enables those without sight to better navigate their everyday environments. Additionally, since early Braille literacy has a positive correlation to employment among the blind and visually impaired later in life, 6dot hopes their device, that even young children can manage, will have an impact on improving the Braille literacy rate.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

Voto's point power source

'Point Source Power's Voto, a handheld device that transforms heat into electricity for use in cell phone charging or LED lighting, has received a Cool Idea! Award,' Proto Labs says on its website.(Source: EETimes)

Point Source Power’s Voto, a handheld device that transforms heat into electricity for use in cell phone charging or LED lighting, has received a Cool Idea! Award,” Proto Labs says on its website.
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO's point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

Everpurse, the purse that charges your phone

'Everpurse, a purse that features an integrated smartphone charging system, received Protomold injection-molding services as a recipient of the Cool Idea! Award,' Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. 'The system includes a wireless charging dock with an internal battery bank built into the wall of the purse, and an inductive charging mat that the purse can be placed upon when not in use to charge the internal battery bank. The Cool Idea! Award provided Everpurse with the molds and parts needed to help fulfill their Kickstarter orders and Proto Labs' fast turnaround time assured quick time to market.'(Source: EETimes)

Everpurse, a purse that features an integrated smartphone charging system, received Protomold injection-molding services as a recipient of the Cool Idea! Award,” Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. “The system includes a wireless charging dock with an internal battery bank built into the wall of the purse, and an inductive charging mat that the purse can be placed upon when not in use to charge the internal battery bank. The Cool Idea! Award provided Everpurse with the molds and parts needed to help fulfill their Kickstarter orders and Proto Labs' fast turnaround time assured quick time to market.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

SkyLight: Connect your smartphone to your microscope

'SkyLight, a device that connects any smartphone to any microscope, was created by Andy Miller and Tess Bakke to help transform global healthcare, telemedicine, science education and research capabilities,' Proto Labs says on its website. 'With SkyLight, people around the world are able to share images and videos via their smartphone. Healthcare workers in a third world country can capture and send diagnostic images to a trained expert able to make a vital diagnosis. As a Cool Idea! Award recipient, Proto Labs provided SkyLight with CNC machining for prototyping, followed by injection molding tooling and accompanying plastic parts.'(Source: EETimes)

SkyLight, a device that connects any smartphone to any microscope, was created by Andy Miller and Tess Bakke to help transform global healthcare, telemedicine, science education and research capabilities,” Proto Labs says on its website. “With SkyLight, people around the world are able to share images and videos via their smartphone. Healthcare workers in a third world country can capture and send diagnostic images to a trained expert able to make a vital diagnosis. As a Cool Idea! Award recipient, Proto Labs provided SkyLight with CNC machining for prototyping, followed by injection molding tooling and accompanying plastic parts.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

RoughRider wheelchair

'Whirlwind Wheelchair International's lightweight and rugged RoughRider wheelchair was awarded a Cool Idea! Award and received Protomold injection-molded parts for the key side panels needed for an initial U.S. launch,' Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. 'The RoughRider was originally designed for those with disabilities in developing countries as a low-cost, highly durable wheelchair that can handle rough terrain with ease. The RoughRider combines a revolutionary long wheelbase with a unique, high-impact/high-flotation wheel to allow users to safely descend curbs and short flights of stairs and to easily traverse obstacles in their path.'(Source: EETimes)

Whirlwind Wheelchair International’s lightweight and rugged RoughRider wheelchair was awarded a Cool Idea! Award and received Protomold injection-molded parts for the key side panels needed for an initial U.S. launch,” Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. “The RoughRider was originally designed for those with disabilities in developing countries as a low-cost, highly durable wheelchair that can handle rough terrain with ease. The RoughRider combines a revolutionary long wheelbase with a unique, high-impact/high-flotation wheel to allow users to safely descend curbs and short flights of stairs and to easily traverse obstacles in their path.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

r-one, Rice University's swarmbots

'Rice University received Protomold injection-molded prototyping and production services as part of their Cool Idea! Award for their 'r-one' robotics project, designed to aid undergraduate engineering students research multi-robot systems at a low cost,' Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. 'The robots, developed by Professor James McLurkin and his students, have the ability to communicate with the user and with one another using an internal computer, motors, lights and sounds.'(Source: EETimes)

“Rice University received Protomold injection-molded prototyping and production services as part of their Cool Idea! Award for their 'r-one' robotics project, designed to aid undergraduate engineering students research multi-robot systems at a low cost,” Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. “The robots, developed by Professor James McLurkin and his students, have the ability to communicate with the user and with one another using an internal computer, motors, lights and sounds.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University's swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

Garageio: Use your smartphone to open your garage door

'Garageio, a system that allows users to control and monitor their garage door from virtually anywhere via smartphone, has received a Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award,' Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. 'The smartphone app communicates with the in-garage device to provide users notification on up to three garage doors when one is opened or closed, activity reports and an online portal to view when and who has accessed a door, alerts when a door is left open for too long, and enables users to open and close doors. Proto Labs provided gratis prototype casings and a subsequent production run of parts.'(Source: EETimes)

Garageio, a system that allows users to control and monitor their garage door from virtually anywhere via smartphone, has received a Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award,” Proto Labs says on its website, where you can see more images. “The smartphone app communicates with the in-garage device to provide users notification on up to three garage doors when one is opened or closed, activity reports and an online portal to view when and who has accessed a door, alerts when a door is left open for too long, and enables users to open and close doors. Proto Labs provided gratis prototype casings and a subsequent production run of parts.”
(Source: EETimes)

  1. SOLOSHOT — object tracking system
  2. FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer
  3. 6Dot Braille labeler
  4. VOTO’s point power source lights your fire
  5. Everpurse — the purse that charges your phone
  6. Skylight — connect your smartphone to your microscope
  7. RoughRider wheelchair
  8. r-one — Rice University’s swarmbots
  9. Garageio — use smartphone to open garage door

7 comments on “Slideshow: Vote on Cool Idea Award From Designers of Things

  1. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 24, 2014

    I was at the show yesterday and got to see all these products in  person. Many of them were really interesting and different. My favorite though, was the Braille printer. It caught my attention because it caught my imagination–it printed stickers with raised Braille letters (like a P-Touch label maker). I thought that would be life changing for anyone who could real Braille. Even if you can't make it to conference, let us know which idea you think is the best and why.

  2. Eldredge
    September 24, 2014

    @Hailey – That is really a clever application for 3D printing.

  3. prabhakar_deosthali
    September 25, 2014

    I am not lucky enough to visit and actually see the products , the slide show itself is quite good at depicting how the gadjets look and what they do.

     

    I liked two ideas from this show , 1. The braille printer and 2. the interconnection of microcope and mobile and ability to send imgaes anywhere – for remote diagnostics by experts.

     

    These two ideas appeal to me because such innovations are required in under developed world and they aim to do something good for the society, not just the fancy stuff.

  4. ahdand
    September 25, 2014

    @eldredge: Yes 3D is the next big thing. There will be many developments in 3D in the future. Its just a matter of time. 

  5. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    September 25, 2014

    @Prabhakar, I agree with you…although I had to smile at the purse charger. It was practical and fashionable, even if it really did little for society.

  6. Eldredge
    September 25, 2014

    @nimantha.d – There are still limitations with the technology, but as you suggest, many of them will be addressed.

  7. Houngbo_Hospice
    September 28, 2014

    @prabhakar: Most of the ideas are indeed interesting and can benefit people in the developing world. A low cost Braille printer is certainly good innovation.

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