2004 First-Prize Winners

Enhanced Audio Communications for First Responders
Rick Kaufman, Etrema Products USA and Brian Smith, FeONIC PLC, United Kingdom
This audio system based on a patented sound reproduction device turns a safety helmet into an audio speaker, allowing first responders to more clearly hear any audio message delivered over the radio without earphones.

Eclock Eccentric Locking Fastener
Robert Flesher, Apogee Designs, Baltimore, MD
This invention can be used as a tamperproof fastener or where torque setting is critical. It incorporates a single-use torque-set feature, making tool calibration unnecessary.