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Since Tech Briefs magazine launched the Create the Future Design contest in 2002 to recognize and reward engineering innovation, over 15,000 design ideas have been submitted by engineers, students, and entrepreneurs across six continents. You can also join the innovators who dared to dream big and build a better tomorrow by entering this year’s contest.

Read About Past Winners’ Success Stories

Over the past 20 years, many innovators have used the recognition afforded by the contest to advance the development and marketing of their technologies. We highlight some success stories of past winners who have brought their inventions to the marketplace.

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A ‘Create the Future’ Winner Featured on ‘Here’s an Idea’

Spinal cord injury affects 17,000 Americans and 700,000 people worldwide each year. A research team at NeuroPair, Inc. won the Grand Prize in the 2023 Create the Future Design Contest for a revolutionary approach to spinal cord repair. In this Here’s an Idea podcast episode, Dr. Johannes Dapprich, NeuroPair’s CEO and founder, discusses their groundbreaking approach that addresses a critical need in the medical field, offering a fast and minimally invasive solution to a long-standing problem.

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Thank you from our Sponsors

“At COMSOL, we are very excited to recognize innovators and their important work this year. We are grateful for the opportunity to support the Create the Future Design Contest, which is an excellent platform for designers to showcase their ideas and products in front of a worldwide audience. Best of luck to all participants!”

— Bernt Nilsson, Senior Vice President of Marketing, COMSOL, Inc.

“From our beginnings, Mouser has supported engineers, innovators and students. We are proud of our longstanding support for the Create the Future Design Contest and the many innovations it has inspired.”

— Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Mouser Electronics

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Digital Window Distributed Imaging Camera

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Scallop Imaging’s seven megapixel Digital Window D7-180 video surveillance camera is 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. The imaging task is distributed among five powerful microsensors, synchronizing and assembling their output in the camera head. Processing over 100 megapixels per second, Digital Window synthesizes the image data into one (1) 15 fps HD window that combines a seamless 180° field of view, plus up to four separate and instantly repositionable zoom views. In addition, the camera can record the full resolution seven megapixel image stream at one fps in the background for storage and later review. With these views provided, users never lose sight of the overall scene, as often happens with traditional pan/tilt/zoom cameras

Digital Window has state-of-the-art features including Power over Ethernet and H.264 video compression. The discrete and ultra-compact form factor includes a built in web server and can be accessed remotely using a web browser interface (on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux PCs). One Digital Window camera easily replaces several traditional security cameras.

Most security cameras use a single lens to deliver up to a 140? degree field of view, in low resolution, often with fisheye distortion around the edge of the frame. These also often use a pan/tilt/zoom mechanism, which moves relatively slowly, making it hard to quickly zoom on area of interest. Further, traditional security cameras do not provide high resolution video at the low cost of a Digital Window camera. Altogether, Digital Window makes it much easier for security professionals and law enforcement agents to monitor and use surveillance video, significantly supporting security and advancing investigations.

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  • Name:
    Ellen Cargill
  • Type of entry:
    Team members:
    Peter Jones, Ellen Cargill, Dennis Purcell
  • Profession:
    Director of Product Development
  • Number of times previously entering contest:
  • Ellen's favorite design and analysis tools:
    SolidWorks PDMWorks
  • For managing CAD data Ellen's company uses:
    SolidWorks PDMWorks
  • Ellen belongs to these online communities:
  • Ellen is inspired by:
    Mining the universe of different technologies to solve real world problems.
  • Software used for this entry:
    SolidWorks PDMWorks, Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Flash Builder, MontaVista Linux
  • Patent status: