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UC Berkeley graduate students to demonstrate high-tech prototypes

21 November 2003

ATTENTION: Technology reporters, assignment editors

Contact: Sarah Yang
(510) 643-7741 scy@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

Dozens of mechanical engineering graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, will demonstrate prototypes of very visual, high-tech gizmos that could improve people's daily lives and that have strong potential as future business products. Devices to be showcased at the class trade show include:

  • A wireless temperature and pressure monitor that alerts parents or caregivers when a baby has been left in a dangerously hot car
  • A bike alarm that uses sensors to alert bike owners when someone is trying to steal their bike
  • An emergency rescue aid that can signal firefighters to the location of a building's occupants when a fire alarm is activated
  • A wireless wake-up system that uses a vibrating device built into a pillow instead of a noisy alarm so roommates and spouses are not disturbed

12:30-2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24

2nd floor hallway of Etcheverry Hall, across UC Berkeley's north gate entrance

The trade show is being held by students enrolled in a design and prototyping course taught by Paul Wright, professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley. By the end of the semester, students must submit business plans outlining how the products can be developed commercially. The trade show gives students the opportunity to share their final products with the public.

Providing support for the course and show are the Ford Motor Co., the UC Berkeley-based Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the UC Berkeley Management of Technology Program.

More details about the show and some of the prototypes are available online at http://kingkong.me.berkeley.edu/html/Me221/me221_tradeshows.htm.