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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Machinery and Equipment Category Winner

(Winner of an HP Workstation) High-Flow Lift Pump Eric FoyCentral Point, OR Apump is often needed, particularly in the act of firefighting, to raise water to fill a header tank or mobile water tender. The High-Flow Lift Pump, which can pull water quickly from a creek or river, contains an axial flow impeller pump section made of a resistant, custom-molded,    thermoplastic engineering resin located at the inlet end of a transfer hose. The pump also has a power head at the flex-fitting found near the designated tank or truck, and a flexible drive shaft running inside the transfer hose. Sections of transfer hose may be daisy-chained, with the internal drive shafts automatically coupling together as the hose is assembled.

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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Medical Category Winner

(Winner of an HP Workstation) IDEA Enhanced Pulse Oximetry Rodrigo Teixeira, Alton Reich, and Stephen MalinHuntsville, AL Stroke volume, or how much volume of blood the heart pumps with each beat, demonstrates the organ’s efficiency and health, but the performance is often measured invasively using a Swan-Ganz catheter or ultrasound echocardiography. IDEA Enhanced Pulse Oximetry technology, however, measures light absorption by blood as it pulses. By analyzing the light pulses’ shape and evolutions, the technology gathers information about the patient’s cardiovascular system, including stroke volume and cardiac output. The Intelligent Data Extraction Algorithm, or IDEATM, analyzes noisy pulse signals and interprets them in a real-time physiological context.

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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Safety and Security Category Winner

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Digital Window Distributed Imaging Camera Ellen Cargill, Peter Jones, and Dennis PurcellBoston, MA Scallop Imaging’s seven-megapixel Digital Window D7-180 video surveillance camera streams and records in full-color high resolution throughout a 180° field of view. The standalone device acts as a potential alternative to a set of several traditional cameras, which have a smaller field of view and often use slower pan/tilt/zoom mechanisms to pinpoint a target.

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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Transportation Category Winner

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Regenerative Braking Bike Front Wheel David Swain, Frank Maurer, Jason Moore, and Albert ShihAnn Arbor, MI With the push of a button and without any pedalling or external energy, a regenerative front wheel can bring a bicycle back to its previous speed after a rider has hit the brakes. Non-spinning hydraulics, which are located in the center of the wheel, store braking and hill energy for later release.

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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Sustainable, Durable Bridges of the Future Ibrahim Al-KhattatTalacre, Wales, United Kingdom Alight, pre-stressed, segmented-arch (LPSA) bridge-building system uses a kit of compact parts that can be manufactured and transported, resulting in cost, energy, and capital investment savings. In addition to providing an alternative to heavier energy-consuming bridge materials like concrete and steel, the framework’s design flexibility helps to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes.

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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Meet the Judges

COMSOL, PTC, and Tech Briefs Media Group thank the following judges for their participation.

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2010 Create the Future Design Contest Contest Sponsors

The 2010 Create the Future Design Contest is sponsored by COMSOL, Inc. and PTC.

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