iCAN UK sensor contest winners announced
18 March 2015
Following an excellent final at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK, Oxford Instruments is delighted to announce the winner of the iCAN UK 2015 contest ‘Oxford Instruments Special Award’ was team "GameBob", from the University of Cambridge. The entry received the most audience votes for its "CamTunes" device that embeds sensors into gloves, enabling the wearer to make sounds with different gestures, as if playing the flute. iCAN is an annual international contest for university students which inspires people to build sensor based prototypes and improve quality of life. Every year over ten thousand students worldwide join this high-tech event and make some really innovative products.
At a hotly contested final organised by the Cambridge University Invelopers Society with teams from University of Cambridge, Imperial College, and King's College London, team "Hercules" from the University of Cambridge took first prize for their "Fitness Monitoring Outfit" device, which senses the contraction and relaxation of muscles to improve exercise quality.
Dr. David Haynes, Sales and Marketing Director at Oxford Instruments comments, “As a business we like to support and encourage the novel work of young scientists. International competitions such as the iCAN contest create collaborative platforms between academia & industry to stimulate university students to develop new sensor applications. I look forward to attending the international iCAN grand final at the Transducers conference this June in Alaska.”
Prof. Alan Barrell, University of Cambridge said, "Every team has demonstrated their great endeavour and enthusiasm in developing high-tech projects for this contest, precisely what education should inspire.