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microMedic Contest Winners Announced

  • By: Parallax Insider Published: 13 November, 2013 0 comments

The U.S. Army Medical Research & Material Command’s (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc. teamed up to offer $28,000 in awards to inspire the next generation of medical innovation. The 2013 National microMedic contest was an opportunity to show the country what citizens could do with new technology - encouraging technical innovation with significant use of microcontrollers and sensors in the medical industry.

The 2013 National microMedic Contest drew entries from all over the country and were submitted by everyone from middle school students to health care professionals and electronic engineers. David Dorhout claimed the top prize in the public division with his Triage Training System that provides life-like vitals simulation and coaching instructions for better reenactment of crisis scenarios. “My hope is that the Triage Training System allows more first responders to receive the kind of advanced, realistic training that will equip them with the tools and experience that will help them save more lives,” said Dorhout, co-founder of Dorhout R&D LLC.

Contest submissions also included applications to help those recovering from life-altering events such as limb amputations and strokes. A microcontroller and brainwave controlled prosthetic hand developed by high school student Shiva Nathan, captured the top prize in the educational division. The prototype system was an impressive proof of concept for a lower cost, less invasive prosthetic. The hope is that projects like these will usher in the next wave of medical innovation, for the benefit of our military and civilians.

Parallax Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and we extend our biggest congratulations to all the winners.

Winners will be acknowledged at the International Meeting on Simulation and Healthcare (IMSH) in San Francisco, California in January. View the list of contest winners and all the winning projects