at a glance
Theme: Improving the Daily Commute
A new-and-improved cane that allows the visually impaired to commute more independently. Lucy incorporates haptic feedback, GPS navigation, and obstacle avoidance in order to provide an affordable and accessible way for the visually impaired to expand their abilities to navigate the world.
Portable street sign that flashes when an oncoming car approaches from an obstructed view.
An alarm clock that doubles as the user's personal time management assistant. Wakie reminds users to complete various tasks, makes clothing suggestions based on the weather, and suggests departure times based on traffic conditions in order to help optimize the user's daily routine.
Travel lock that incorporates Smart Lock alerts and GPS tracking system so that people can protect their belongings when navigating public transport systems.
Tracker that helps subway riders avoid missing their stop by alerting them when they arrive at their destination.
Backup sensor that helps prevent accidents associated with backing out of parking lot spaces. Parking lot accidents account for 20% of US car accidents.
App that allows users to see if parking garages have available spots and reserve spots.
An intelligent real-time parking system that detects the availability of parking spots, guides drivers to the available spots, and shows the number of available spots in a parking section.
Proactive and dynamic traffic light system that reacts to traffic conditions in real time in order to minimize congestion and save the time and money that commuters waste in traffic.
Sensor technology that tracks commuters coming in and out of buses and shows available bus seats in real time. This technology allows bus companies to collect previously unavailable data about peak commute times and route efficiency.
Phone case that warns phone users of obstacles ahead of them when walking, ensuring user safety when walking while using the phone.
Bike helmet that aims to improve communication between cyclists and drivers by implementing a turn signal and buzzer alert system that alerts the cyclist when cars are approaching.
Bicycle turn signal that allows cyclists to communicate with cars and other bicycles while on the road.
Light system that directs traffic at four-way intersections without traffic lights. Cameras detect the car that arrived at the intersection first and LED lights signal which car has the right of way.
Alert system that prevents child abduction by notifying parents when their children might be lost and continuously updates the GPS location of their children so that they can be found.
Theme: Improving the Home and Daily Routine
P!LLPAL: The P!LLPAL system is a bracelet that stores medication and notifies the wearer when it’s time to take his or her medication by vibrating and dispensing pills.
The Instalert system allows users to be notified via alarms and text messages when cabinets containing dangerous material are opened by small children.
The FindMe system allows users to track important or commonly used items and automatically alerts the user when he or she forgets those items when leaving home.
The Cook Guard system uses humidity sensors to detect when food is in danger of being burned and automatically adjusts the heat settings on stoves to prevent overcooking.
The FeedMe system is an automatic pet food and water dispenser that allows users to feed their pets even if the owners aren’t home or simply forget.
The Footprint system tracks walking patterns around the home via pressure sensitive tiles and preemptively controls electronics in rooms in which the user is occupying.
The LunarWalk system prevents injuries caused from sleepwalking by alerting “guardians” when sleepwalkers trigger a motion sensor. This project aims to reduce over 10 million annual sleepwalking injuries.
The Homebase systems uses paired cubes to remind family member to stay connected in person. When the cubes are activated, family members are invited to join together and spend a few moments of their day in a shared space.
The HydroHome system uses a motion sensing shower-head to dispense less water when the user steps away and more water when the user gets closer. HydroHome aims to reduce water consumption by as much as 66% per shower.
The OmniSense system allows users to remotely track their personal food inventory via sensors stored in closets and pantries. This information can later be accessed on an accompanying app to create personalized, real time shopping lists.
The Sunflower system uses motion and sunlight sensors to adjust blinds and lights around the home. This project aims to reduce the user’s carbon consumption effortlessly and unconsciously.
The Urimax system allows for easier, passive blood sugar level testing by using high resolution cameras and ketone testing strips. The information gathered is later stored in an accompanying app.
The Delight system controls the intensity and color of light bulbs around the home based on the amount of ambient sunlight in the room. These lights can also be controlled manually via slide adjusters and audio sensors.