Recipient: Michael Chapiro
Advisor: Tom Katona
Provides a full service design-to-testing platform that allows our customers to create a new era of high performance machines and devices with stronger, lighter, and more intricate composite parts than current technologies allow.
We are developing a process to additively manufacture continuous carbon fiber parts. We use a 5-axis machine to combine the performance of carbon with the intricacy and ease of use seen in machined aluminum parts. Our machines were designed and built in house to produce high performance parts that cannot currently be made with any other manufacturing process. We provide a reliable manufacturing solution for our customers with the combination of flexible manufacturing with optional software.
We offer a complete end-to-end system that detects, determines risk (tracks and identifies), and intercepts many models and flight modes of drones, including quadcopter, fixed-wing, guided rockets, rovers, and submarines. Because our mission is to create a comprehensive and cost-effective technology that will can be deployed in stressful situations, we have maintained a human-centered design approach, which allows anyone with minimal to no training to safely use DroneFox.
DroneFox will detect drones using a variety of sensors. DroneFox will identify a unique fingerprint of the drone and check against authorized drones. DroneFox will determine drone, pilot, and target location. DroneFox will alert user via lights. DroneFox will lockout pilot and prevent any counter-defensive attacks. DroneFox will safely land the drone. DroneFox will store unique fingerprint and other useful information for use in forensic investigation.
A virtual reality application that allows a user to stream multiple 2D videos in a 3D environment, creating an immersive experience by allowing them to self-producing gameplay and increasing their interaction with what they’re watching.
The LiftGator removable lift gate, a full-size hitch mounted lift gate. The LiftGator is attached to the hitch receiver of a truck and is powered from the existing 12v truck battery. A single person can install the LiftGator in less than three minutes, giving the user all the features of a lift gate, without the need to have one permanently welded on.
The LiftGator is free standing on a set of wheels, and can be rolled into the hitch receiver of the truck. Once installed, the LiftGator is capable of lifting up to 1000lbs with the push of a button. When the lift gate is no longer needed, it can be removed from the truck just as easily.
Advisor: Tod Nelson
With the mobile game industry blowing up, their is no place for gamers to learn the most strategic ways to play. There are websites out there for teaching console and computer games, but none for mobile games. We are creating content for multiple platforms / channels for players to consume content from that will help them become a more effective player. Currently, we have a very popular website, a mobile application in development, and a Youtube partner that is just getting off the ground.
The website is for strategy articles that players can read to make the tough decisions and understand the most convoluted aspects of the game. Not only that, the website contains useful “web tools” that save players time and money helping them filter the abundance of equipment and materials inherent to every strategic game, into what serves their play style best. The mobile application contains the content of the website, a forum, and a unique tool that is extremely valuable to players.
Advisor: Thomas Katona
Currently there is no simple, user-friendly interface that allows homeowners to monitor their water usage across intervals shorter than one month. We will develop a fully integrated water measurement and reporting system that non-invasively attaches to municipal water meters. This device will relay household water usage data over the homeowners WiFi network to a web server. The data will then be readily accessible to customers via a web and smartphone application.
The Parsons Award: “Innovation is a core value at Parsons, and Cal Poly’s iQ Competition represents innovation at its best,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO. “This competition offers university students an opportunity to get their ideas, projects, and programming noticed, rewarded, and potentially introduced to the venture capital industry.”
Recipient: Tanner Cook
Advisor: Dave Sowle
Our concept is an oil spill clean up method utilizing a reusable ferrofluid (a metallic liquid that can be repelled or attracted when influenced by a magnetic field) that binds to oil, allowing for a more cost effective method of cleaning up of crude oil spills. This method of cleanup is superior to current methods as it has reusable components, actively separates the oil from water, allows for recapturing of the separated oil, and uses a closed filtration system for environmental consideration.
Our product will be a ferrofluid that binds with oil, that can be easily extracted from a spill site using electromagnets. The mixture can then be separated back into its base components of oil and ferrofluid using a simple heating process.
U-Turner wins the QL+ Award (Quality of Life Plus, a program founded by Jon Monett, is an award dedicated to veterans, and those disabled, in hope of achieving a better quality of life through innovation.)
Recipient: Stanley Laszczyk
The U-Turner is a Class I medical device that is patent pending, and currently undergoing FDA registration. This device is designed to address two main healthcare issues: (1) Reduce nursing injuries by improving ergonomics; (2) Optimize workflow within healthcare facilities. The U-Turner accomplishes this by interfacing with patients, and nurses, in the common procedure of turning patients in their beds for daily cleanings and treatment of pressure ulcers.
The U-Turner is an easy-to-use body sling that is designed to slide beneath the neck and knees of bedridden patients in need of cleaning and treatment of "bed-sores", or pressure ulcers. This body sling attaches to hospital beds in a way that allows a single nurse to turn a patient 90 degrees with ease, while keeping their backside exposed such that they can be easily treated. This seemingly simple procedure currently requires 2-3 nurses to accomplish in most nursing homes and hospitals.
(Advisor: Chetan Bettegowda, MD, PhD
White Light Medical is a startup medical device firm that is developing a low-cost, smarter pedicle probe, AccuSpine, for the accurate placement of screws in spinal fusion surgeries. Using an electro-mechanical method, AccuSpine continuously measures changes in force, coupled with a heuristic path-identification algorithm, to alert the surgeon to a potential or impending breach, all in real time, preventing the probe from exiting the vertebral body and causing harm to the patient.
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and dehydration accounts for 7.3% of total hospital admittances, adding up to $5.5 billion annually in preventable hospital costs. There is no standardized or satisfactory tool for quantification of hydration status despite common recommendation to provide it for athletes, military, elderly, pediatric care, prenatal monitoring, firefighters, EMTs, dialysis patients, and general hospital use.
Our proposed solution is a wearable, continuous, and non- invasive device that uses a patentable technology to detect changes in tissue properties over time to monitor hydration levels and alert the user of their current hydration status.
(Advisor: Thomas Mackin
We are developing wall-climbing robotics. Our flagship robot will be a portable, modular device aimed to assist inspectors of large structures by making their jobs easier, quicker and safer. The first market we plan to enter is structural inspection, though there are many other potential applications for the future. Our robot will help with inspection of areas that are hazardous or impractical for humans to reach.
(Advisor: David Janzen)
Monster Creative is a creative suite for children, designed to
develop the creative abilities of our youth. This suite will be
comprised of several individual apps, each of which will develop
a specific creative ability—music composition, digital art , and
introductory logic (as a gateway to thinking in the context of
coding, for example). The flagship app of the suite, Monster
Build, will allow users to create their very own games and
applications—utilizing their own music, graphics, and logic from
the other apps in the Monster Creative suite. At the end of the
Monster Creative experience, children will be able to interact
with something that they built—we’ll take care of the tricky
parts of it all, and they will be left with the magical
experience of seeing their visions come to life. Our ultimate
belief with this product is that when the imagination is
exercised, the creative abilities of children grow—and that’s
when exciting things happen!
Carbon fiber is increasing in popularity because it can save
energy usage by reducing weight, but when a dynamic design is
needed heavy hardware components are needed to allow for
flexibility and motion... until now.
Common Fibers has created an innovative composite design process
in which a hinge-line is formed using modeling software and a
computer controlled laser to create precise and potentially
complex designs. This patent-pending process will be used to
improve many existing products, create new innovative products,
and kickstart a consulting firm based around composite
Recipient: Arlin Krigel
(Advisor: Tom di Santo)
Spongecrete is a new lightweight, insulating, freeform composite
material, composed of cellulose and cement. By leveraging
existing CNC and pin-mold technology, we can create complex
architectural surfaces quickly, economically, and sustainably.
This material can be utilized for insulation, acoustic paneling,
facade systems, roof and floor slabs, fire protection, disaster
relief shelters, and more.
Recipient: Shaun Rahimi
(Advisor: Dr. Robert Szlavik, Dr. Kristen Cardinal)
The product is a finger sleeve device that delivers mechanical
and electrical stimulation to the finger to inhibit the sensation
of sharp pain. It is intended to be applied to the elimination
of pain from lancet pricks during blood glucose monitoring for
diabetes. The device reduces lancet expenses and increases
overall user comfort in regular blood glucose monitoring.
Additional benefits from this technology would include non-drug
treatments for arthritis, hand injuries, and wound healing. The
preliminary business model is built around medical device
designs for these applications.
Recipient: Adam Tickitt
(Advisor: Lou Tornatzky)
Our product allows users of existing hydration systems, such as
xxxxx, to instantly select between an electrolyte/sports
supplement or water. This will be done by incorporating a
secondary reservoir of highly concentrated fluid that will mix
with water at the press of a button.
Recipient: Amin Mirzaaghaeian
(Advisor: Dr. Kristen Cardinal)
Genicell is developing a functional laboratory model of the
blood-brain barrier that is capable of using human or animal cells. This system, which consists of tissue engineered blood vessels grown inside custom built chambers called bioreactors, allows Genicell to conduct drug permeability tests that are otherwise conducted on animals with much greater ease of scale up. Genicell’s service would allow pharmaceutical companies to test far more drugs, in a more controlled environment, a much shorter time period and at much lower costs while addressing the ethical dilemma of animal testing.
Recipient: Ian Alexander
(Advisor: Clint Staley)
Tech USB is a device that automatically fixes your computer. It has the
ability to perform diagnostics (check your hard drive, memory, cpu, etc), scan and remove viruses, tuneup and update your computer, and fix most common errors, all with the click of a button. To use it, put the Tech USB into any USB port and turn the computer on. It will then take the user to a menu, in which they simply press “GO”. After Tech USB finishes, it gives a detailed report of the issues it detected on the computer, and the steps Tech USB took.
Recipient: Alex Norred
(Advisor: Dr. Trevor Cardinal)
Our product is a semi-disposable medical device that treats Uterine Atony,
which occurs when the uterus is unable to contract after a woman gives birth. After labor, muscles in the wall of a healthy uterus will contract to constrict it down to its original size, thereby constricting the blood vessels of the uterine wall and effectively stopping blood loss. In cases of uterine atony, the muscles do not provide enough contractile force to stop blood loss, causing severe bleeding after birth, which is known as postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). PPH is a complication that occurs in 5% of pregnancies in the United States (175,000 cases per year), and is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the world. By treating uterine atony, we can effectively treat 80-90% of PPH cases.
Recipient: AJ Forsythe
iCracked sells financial independence to the most socially- connected and tech-savvy generation through a unique model that revolutionizes iPhone repair targeting over 100 million iPhones in circulation worldwide. iCracked provides college-age entrepreneurs with the opportunity to own and operate a small, private technology-oriented replacement and repair company specializing in Apple iPhone products. From a customer’s perspective, iCracked is an extremely cost-competitive and reliable alternative to Apple, appealing to price-sensitive or cash-strapped iPhone users needing to replace or repair their iPhone screens or components. iCracked provides the next generation of entrepreneurs with a turn-key suite of products and services necessary to start a successful small business. iCracked offers individuals a prepackaged “business in a box”, complete with customized marketing, toll-free 24/7 support, step-by-step repair training, a centralized online operations hub, individualized management coaching for success, as well as supplying all repair parts.
Recipient: Jeffrey Leung
(Advisor: Chris Lupo, Tom Mase)
A closed system that has the ability to attach onto white canes of different
diameter. The system offers upward detection particularly aimed to help the user detect objects from waist height (which is a weakness of the traditional white cane) and above and communicates via vibrational feedback. A second system will provide the user with frontal, leftward, and rightward detection using the same the same style system.
My product is an innovative new RF power amplifier design for cellphone communications. A typical cellphone amplifier gets, on average, about 6-10% efficiency, which is why the talk time of a cell phone is so much less than the standby time. My invention uses the concept of negative conductance to modulate the impedance of an antenna, which in-turn changes the output power of the amplifier. This technique has the potential to more than double the efficiency of current amplifiers.
PolyGrasp will be the first commercially available prosthetic hand that closely mimics human anatomy in order to replicate the mechanics of a living human hand. It utilizes a unique dual-stage tendon system in order to grasp objects between the jointed index and middle fingers and a rigid thumb. Because of this simple and elegant design, our product will be the first on the market to combine all three key features of an ideal prosthetic: low cost, high functionality, and lifelike appearance.
Our product’s low cost is achieved through the use of readily available, off-the-shelf electrical and mechanical components and a simple, user-serviceable design. We are currently producing a prototype using less than $600 in materials.
The high functionality of this prosthetic is achieved with a unique dual-stage tendon actuation system which allows for a lifelike, conformable grasp around objects of varied size and shape. The hand is operated by a myoelectric control system that translates electrical muscle impulses from the residual limb into lifelike movement of the prosthetic hand.
Our prosthetic will be one of the most lifelike on the market thanks to its natural motion and a flexible, incredibly lifelike silicone skin covering.
Did you know that there are over 300 million video game players in the world with no popular website for them to socialize with each other online? There is an ever-growing need for a tool that allows gamers to interact, form friendships, and bridge the gap from their virtual avatars to their real life personalities. From this need, Gamers Portal was born.
Gamers Portal will be the first social networking site for gamers that provides the following services:
- Complete personal and team profiles within the context of gaming culture
- An engine that helps introduce gamers to each other & events within their geographical location
- Picture, video and other media hosting for individual and team galleries
- Baseline building tools: activity streams, commenting, personal messaging, site-wide discussion boards
Traditional social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, MySpace) exist for users to bring the real world and friends online. This approach does not translate to gamers since their world BEGINS and REMAINS online. –often with people they’ve never met. Through game tracking and online mapping technology, Gamers Portal helps introduce gamers to each other and inject reality into their online world.
Our innovation is an improved powered wheelchair design. Our design has a unique rear suspension assembly that is able to change the entire stance of the chair at the user’s command. The suspension assembly essentially raises and lowers, creating two distinct modes that the chair operates in. One mode is for off-road use, with a low, long, and wide stance that provides stability and excellent shock absorption. The other mode is for on-road/indoor use, with a shorter and narrower stance that allows access to any building and is easily maneuverable in tight spaces. The wheelchair is controlled by the user in much the same way as a standard powered wheelchair.
Recipient(s): Patrick Pezet & Matt Canepa - Business, Finance
Advisor: Prof. Mitch Wolf
Description: Chewing or smokeless tobacco has long been a growing problem within professional baseball. It’s estimated that between 40-50% of all players take part in baseball’s ‘dirty habit,’ and of that percentage nearly half will have their lives shortened as a direct result of their tobacco use. Our product, GRINDS Coffee, is essentially flavored coffee grinds packed in small pouches and is designed to provide an energy boost and healthy alternative to tobacco for minor league baseball specifically. The pouches, packaged similarly to chewing tobacco, are roughly half the size of a bag of tea and would come 12-14 in a can. Simply pop a pouch in your mouth and leave the tobacco behind. GRINDS is coffee in your pocket. Enjoy.
Recipient(s): Robert Ramm, Mechanical Engineering & team
Advisors: Prof. Keller, Dr. Mello
Our Electric motor is designed specifically to be used in an automobile. Most electric motors are large and heavy and not optimized for variable speeds. Our motor will be light and powerful. We are using a new design which will maximize efficiency by taking advantage of the magnetic fields from all dimension. Most motors on the market only use the magnetic fields from one direction. this leads to inefficiency and reduced power. Our motor will increase efficiency and power from the same amount of electricity used in a similar motor. Its control circuit can optimize battery life by taking into account variable power requirements for a vehicle. For instance during acceleration more power will be used. however, during cruising, less power will be used. Our motor will require much less maintenance than an internal combustion engine because it only has one moving part. We are also designing a computer program for a micro controller which will be able to vary the output of the motor so the customer can choose performance or economy at the click of button.
Recipient(s): Alan Tepe Mechanical Engineering and Adam Stephens Industrial Technology
Advisor: Dr. Jay Singh
A renewable packaging system that uses paper to create shaped packaging blocks. These blocks are similar in shape to those made of expanded polystyrene, commonly used to package computers. The paper system has great environmental benefits: it is recyclable and biodegradable. Another benefit is that the system doesn't require new molds for each new block shape, blocks are basically "printed" to their desired form.
The QL+ Award is Sponsored by the QL+ Lab and alumnus Jon Monett for: The best development and application of technology to improve the quality of life of wounded and disabled veterans of the military, law enforcement and intelligence organizations.
The Dignity Tray would provide full accommodations for dining experiences of the wheelchair confined guest. The adapted tray fits any table and provides a proper lap covering extension that allows the disabled to dine with dignity without the embarrassment and humiliation often accompanied with the experience when wheel chairs cannot completely work in conjunction with a table configuration at a dining establishment.
Recipient(s): Andrew Macaluso, Nicole Chamberlain, Nick Marcotte, Preston Parrett.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joe Montecalvo.
Description: Last Spring we set out to create a beverage specifically formulated to cleanse the palate. This was in response to data collected from our senior projects that clearly demonstrated the magnitude that palate fatigue has on the perception of wine characteristics. Our goal was to make a beverage that helps people enjoy multiple food experiences. In 2008 we began testing our product with wine industry professionals, Cal Poly faculty, and Wine and Viticulture students trained in sensory analysis. These tests have shown that our beverage outperforms water 100% of the time, and is preferred by winemakers over still and carbonated water. While the initial application of this product was for wine, namely tasting rooms, wineries, and restaurants, the beverage has also shown strong performance with other products: beer, coffee, and spicy foods to name a few. The product is a functional alternative to sparkling and still water. It allows consumers to taste more flavors from more foods and beverages by alleviating palate fatigue.
Description: I have designed a braking system for bicycles from the ground up. This design not only increases braking power, but makes the braking system extremely safe. The system is designed to solve the problem of riders flying over the handlebars when they brake too hard. In addition, ease of use proves that the rider must only actuate one brake lever to simultaneously control both the front and rear brakes at peak efficiency. My design allows for the perfect amount of braking power to be applied to each brake for minimum stopping distance (incorporated front brake force regulation). The simplicity of my design (being strictly mechanical) allows for high reliability and lets the consumer service it his/herself. In addition, my design can be applied to different types of brakes, and not strictly road brakes. Benefits of my design: 1) Safety: problem of flying over the handlebars solved. 2) Drastically increased braking power. 3) Can be serviced by consumers with common tools. 4) Easier to use, less to think about with only one lever. This project has the potential to make a significant impact in bicycle brake design and safety. This brake can be made for and sold on all different types of bicycles: from mountain to road.
Description: Imagine if every person on earth had the knowledge to fix everything they owned. What would happen if every computer came with a comprehensive hardware repair manual and every cell phone came with instructions to replace the LCD? This information would empower consumers to perform repairs and increase the total lifetime of the device. We are creating a web-based architecture that will allow anyone to create and publish step-by-step repair instructions. This tool will become the center of a community of people who know how to fix things and want to share that knowledge with the world. We will enable anyone to create a step-by-step repair guide with images and explanatory text.
Lycopene is a carotenoid with several biological functions that are associated with decreased cancer risks.
The key concept that must be validated is a cost effective, repeatable means of enriching egg yolk with lycopene.
"America is addicted to oil." (George W. Bush 2006) With the nation's new interest in sustainable energy security we must look to new
fuel sources that are less dependent on imported oil. The purpose of this project is to build a test biodiesel processor.
The key concept that must be proved is that there is a cheap alternative to petroleum oil that can be made from waste,
without substantial infrastructure investment. Campus Dining is currently paying to discard an average of 120 gallons of grease per week.
This waste stream could be diverted and refined into a clean burning, renewable fuel. This has potential to offset a large
portion of petroleum fuel consumed on campus without the addition of any new infrastructure or major fleet conversions. This
prototype will prove that an alternative energy source can be produced from an efficient, transportable and inexpensive self
contained unit. Design and procedures will be developed to be easily replicated and used by anyone that has access to used or
virgin vegetable oil.
To design, fabricate, test, and ultimately deploy a robotic vehicle in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge competition. This will be the official Cal Poly entry in this well-publicized national competition to build a fully-autonomous (robotic) vehicle capable of traversing a 300 mile course across the Mojave Desert.
Design of a portable, full-featured, lapboard on which to study. It will be collapsible and have a light. Other features may include holders for a book, a notebook, a cup, a calculator, as well as pens and pencils. The back would have a padded gel type material for added comfort as it sits in ones lap. Our goal is to make it as useful and as light weight as possible.
To build and test a new design of a two-speed conventional saltwater fishing reel
capable of casting great distances (over 300 feet). It will implement a "Star Drag"
system that can be set once and keep its setting no matter how may times the reel
shifts gears or free spools unlike current models on the market today that implement
a "Lever Drag" system.
This design will target Southern California yellow tail and
Calico bass fishing where gear selection and casting distance is critical. This
project will also fulfill the Cal Poly Senior Project requirement.
This is essentially a watch or a pocket pc or palm pilot that can
be worn to help people who charge their time. (i.e. electricians
who are paid by the hour, professionals who charge their time to different
departments) It is so tedious to keep a paper and pencil to write down the
hours worked and for what job. Using this watch will eliminate this old
fashioned method and keep time accurately. At the end of the week, the data in
the watch will be transmitted into a database through a cable in a computer
which also eliminates typing in hours.
To create a desktop barreling wave (similar to an ocean wave).
This wave and its container will be able to fit on a desktop.
This product idea is meant to be marketed especially to surfers
and anyone who enjoys the ocean.
To design and build a dynamic guitar tuner. The tuner will have
three modes of operation. The first is the calibration mode.
When the user switches to calibration mode, he or she will lightly
strum all six strings.
Soil-cement is a densely compacted mixture of Portland cement, soil/aggregate,
and water. More specifically, it is a material produced by blending, compacting,
and curing a mixture of soil/aggregate, Portland cement, possibly admixtures
including pozzolans, and water to form a hardened material with specific engineering
properties, for examples, compressive strength. Used primarily as a base material
for highway/airport pavements, soil-cement is also used for slope protection,
foundation stabilization and other applications. The focus of this proposed
research will address its use in pavement base construction. Despite the successful
use of soil-cement as pavement base material, one aspect that retracts from
serviceability is shrinkage cracking. In case of asphalt pavement, these cracks
may reflect through the pavement surface and in case of concrete pavement a
cracked base layer contributes to erosion and pumping of sub grade soil.
To develop a biofidelic pedestrian legform impactor in order to test pedestrian
friendly front bumper designs in automobiles. Project includes complete design,
manufacturing, and testing (including a trip to Detroit to test the device in
Ford's impact research lab).
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