2010 Contest Winners

Grand Prize

Rowheel Wheelchair Propulsion System
Salim Nasser
A new invention could help millions of manual wheelchair users increase their mobility while decreasing upper body, repetitive stress injuries. Many who suffer from muscle pain, torn rotator cuffs, joint degeneration, and carpal tunnel syndrome due to muscle overuse will benefit from the Rowheel Wheelchair Propulsion System. This innovative design uses a pulling/rowing motion as opposed to the standard pushing motion.

Consumer Products Category

BreezeRite Air Filtration Module
Rob Luchsinger, Pipe Creek, Texas
Filter attaches to the leading edge of indoor ceiling fan blades and quickly eliminates airborne particulates, smoke, and odors.

Machinery & Equipment Category

Lift Pump
Eric Foy, Central Point, Oregon
A high-flow lift pump can be used to draw water from low lying areas and lift a few feet to fill a header tank or mobile water tender in a matter of a few minutes.

Medical Category

IDEA™ Enhanced Pulse Oximetry
Rodrigo E. Teixeira, Alton J. Reich, Stephen F. Malin, Huntsville, AL
The first noninvasive, convenient, and reliable way to measure the volume of blood pumped by the human heart -- a direct indicator of heart health.

Safety and Security Category

Digital Window Distributed Imaging Camera
Ellen Cargill, Peter Jones, Dennis Purcell, Boston, MA
The first stand-alone computational imaging system, able to stream and record in full-color high resolution throughout its 180° field of view, without fisheye distortion.

Sustainable Technology Category

Sustainable, Durable Bridges of the Future
Ibrahim Al-Khattat, Talacre, Wales, UK
A “green” technology that could revolutionize materials, design, and construction methods of bridges, this design offers a unique inherent capacity to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding.

Transportation Category

Regenerative Braking Bike Front Wheel
David Swain, Frank Maurer, Jason Moore, Albert Shih, Ann Arbor, MI
A retrofit front-wheel for a bicycle that uses state-of-the art hydraulics to store braking energy for later release.


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Contest Judges

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's contest!