»This contest provided a great opportunity to get involved with students as well as their professors from several Universities throughout Europe«, said Alexander Gerfer, CTO at WE. This view was shared by Uwe Bröckelmann, Technical Director EMEA at ADI, who said: »The results achieved by the students were extremely impressive. This contest is a great example of bringing enabling technology to academia to facilitate innovation and creativity.«
Of the 14 teams that took part in the contest, three teams were invited to Munich to present their realized ideas. All of them scored high with the jury. Winning team members each received an iPad for their efforts and had opportunity to interact with technologists and recruiting teams of both companies. In addition to this, the winning teams will also exhibit their prototypes at this years’ European Microwave Week in Madrid (September 2018).
The winning projects
- GreenMite from Universitat de València, Spain (Sebastián Mirasol Menacho, Adrián Suárez Zapata, Víctor Martínez García, and Gustavo Adolfo Pérez Mata)
Creative prototype contains sensors for the detection of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide particles in the range 1-2.5 microns, and temperature and humidity measurement for monitoring the air quality on a city scale. Design is complemented with a tool visualizing the collected data in a heat map of the experimental area, also showing the time evolution of each measured parameter.
- HealthEar from Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain (Andima Beitia, Roque Belda, Daniel Iordanov, and Javier Silva)
HealthEar project focuses on reducing hearing loss and maintaining healthy and quality hearing. Sensing system is implemented in a headset which reduces the amount of noise that reaches the eardrum by fully adapting to the characteristics of each user. Such a solution opens a wide range of applications from industrial to everyday consumer electronics.
- Team Eppendorf from University of Limerick, Ireland (Aaron Foley, Jasmine Hales, Ffion Lewis, and Boonrasri Seeleang)
Eppendorf Tubes are used in different industries for a variety of applications. Team focused on testing liquids via optical fiber sensors. The challenge for such an application is that temperature must be self-regulating. Team Eppendorf’s approach would enable testing at the performance and cost to be available for universities and broader audiences.