A student of industrial style at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the 1st undergraduate to share the grand prize for the Collegiate Inventors Competition in its 19-year history.
Stephen Diebold, 21, accepted a total of $27,000 in prize funds in late 2009 for inventing an enhanced pointing stick for these who have quadriplegia or who otherwise can’t use their arms. Referred to as the Drop Point, this innovative style is a pointer mounted on a cup that is hung about the user’s neck. A straightforward movement of the chin enables the individual to “shrug” the pointer into a position so it can be employed for typing or making use of a telephone.
Normally, these with quadriplegia utilised a pointer mounted on their head, or they gripped one in their teeth – strategies that would demand help from other individuals to use – and in the case of the pointer held in the mouth, precluding conversation even though employing the pointer. Stephen Diebold, who hopes his invention will give a greater remedy, has considering that been awarded a patent pending for the Drop Point.
This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Collegiate Inventors Competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) and the Abbott Fund. Begun in 1990, the system now has far more than 60 colleges and universities that participate. Person students or teams of up to 4 student inventors work closely with faculty advisors to create and refine their inventions just before the mid-year entry deadline.
The rigors of the Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages participants to create expertise and acquire abilities in all facets of the invention organization: in addition to refining their inventions and developing prototypes or operating models, student inventors are also expected to search the USPTO database for current patents of inventions that may possibly be related to their personal, termed “prior art.” They ought to then write a report for the judges on what distinguishes their invention from any inventions uncovered by their rudimentary searches.
The Collegiate Inventors Competition is one of a lot of applications created by the USPTO to nurture and inspire innovation in young children and young adults. The agency oversees and partially money the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, which operates kids’s camps and immediately after-school clubs in cooperation with a network of corporate sponsors.None found.