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iPhone sleep improvement application wins at UW-Madison innovation competition

WINNERS

Schoofs Prize for Creativity

 

  • First place and $10,000—Proactive Sleep, for users interested in improving their sleep, a noninvasive method and device that can assess and predict the stages of sleep cycles without the nuisance and cost of directly measuring sleep characteristics when the subject is asleep. Invented by psychology and neurobiology senior Daniel Gartenberg and electrical and computer engineering senior Justin Beck.
  • Second place and $7,000—Portable Refugee Shelter, a portable, weather-resistant, easily assembled modular emergency shelter that is large enough to house an entire family. Invented by electrical and computer engineering junior Jason Lohr.
  • Third place and $4,000— Eco Stream, a carbonated soft-drink dispensing system for a vending machine that offers users multiple payment options and enables them to fill their own reusable containers. Invented by mechanical engineering senior Michael Deau.
  • Fourth place and $1,000—One-handed Canoe System, a set of devices that enables people with disabilities or physical limitations to paddle a canoe with one arm and carry the canoe more comfortably and easily during a portage. Invented by chemical and biological engineering senior Andrew Burton.

 

Tong Prototype Prize

 

  • First place and $2,500—Eco Stream, a carbonated soft-drink dispensing system for a vending machine that offers users multiple payment options and enables them to fill their own reusable containers. Invented by mechanical engineering senior Michael Deau.
  • Second place and $1,250—Portable Refugee Shelter, a portable, weather-resistant, easily assembled modular emergency shelter that is large enough to house an entire family. Invented by electrical and computer engineering junior Jason Lohr.
  • Third place and $700—Split Key, a two-piece removable laptop keyboard that enables users to position right- and left-hand sections individually for maximum typing comfort. Invented by engineering mechanics and astronautics junior Benjamin Conrad.

 

The $1,000 Younkle Best Presentation Award

 

  • Eco Stream by Michael Deau

 

Sorenson $1,000 Design Notebook Award

 

  • Split Key by Benjamin Conrad

 

High-resolution photos

 

Proactive Sleep, first place and $10,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity

Proactive Sleep, first place and $10,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity (large image)

A software application for the iPhone and the iPod touch that will help people sleep and wake up more effectively won the $10,000 top prize in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity, an annual University of Wisconsin-Madison invention competition that rewards innovative and marketable ideas.

Developed by electrical and computer engineering senior Justin Beck and psychology and neurobiology senior Daniel Gartenberg, the application serves as a sophisticated alarm clock that wakes users up during the light sleep phase of their cycle, meaning they will be less groggy and more alert during the day. In the morning, users play an easy game that tests alertness, and the software then automatically reconfigures as it learns the user’s unique sleep cycle. Called Proactive Sleep, the software could be on sale in the Apple application store in the next few months.

“We want to build a community around the idea of improving people’s sleep,” says Gartenberg, adding the technology will educate people about optimal sleep habits and could eventually be used to diagnose sleep disorders.

Additionally, a new type of soft-drink vending machine won first place and $2,500 in the Tong Prototype Prize, which rewards the best prototype in the competition. Developed by mechanical engineering senior Michael Deau, the Eco Stream system will integrate digital technology with environmental values, allowing people to reuse plastic or steel bottles and pay for their drinks via Web-based accounts.

Eco Stream, first place $2,500, Tong Prototype Prize; third place and $4,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity; and $1,000, Younkle Best Presentation Award

Eco Stream, first place $2,500, Tong Prototype Prize; third place and $4,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity; and $1,000, Younkle Best Presentation Award (large image)

The winners were selected from eight inventions developed by 10 students participating in the 15th annual Innovation Day, an event hosted on the UW-Madison College of Engineering campus. Innovation Day features two competitions that award cash prizes to the most creative ideas and the best prototypes. Additionally, participants can win money for submitting the best design notebook or delivering the best presentation.

Other Schoofs Prize for Creativity winners include:

Second place and $7,000— Portable Refugee Shelter, a weather-resistant, easily assembled modular emergency shelter that is large enough to house an entire family developed by electrical and computer engineering junior Jason Lohr.

Third place and $4,000—Eco Stream by Michael Deau.

Fourth place and $1,000— One-Handed Canoe System, a set of devices that enables people with disabilities or physical limitations to paddle a canoe with one arm and carry the canoe more comfortably and easily during a portage invented by chemical and biological engineering senior Andrew Burton.

Other Tong Prototype Prize winners include:

Second place and $1,250— Portable Refugee Shelter by Jason Lohr.

Third place and $700—Split Key, a two-piece removable laptop keyboard that enables users to position right- and left-hand sections individually for maximum typing comfort invented by engineering mechanics and astronautics junior Benjamin Conrad.

Additional prizes include:

Sorenson Best Design Notebook Award and $1,000—Split Key by Benjamin Conrad.

Younkle Best Presentation Award and $1,000—Eco Stream by Michael Deau.

Portable Refugee Shelter, second place Schoofs Prize for Creativity and $7,000, and second place Tong Prototype Prize and $1,250

Portable Refugee Shelter, second place Schoofs Prize for Creativity and $7,000, and second place Tong Prototype Prize and $1,250 (large image)

One-handed Canoe System, fourth place and $1,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity

One-handed Canoe System, fourth place and $1,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity (large image)

Split Key, third place Tong Prototype Prize and $700, and Sorenson Design Notebook Award and $1,000

Split Key, third place Tong Prototype Prize and $700, and Sorenson Design Notebook Award and $1,000 (large image)

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