Raymond Kurzweil has enriched society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the arts.
Invented low-cost device for manufacturing eyeglass lenses, electronic rope and recyclable 3D LEGO chocolate printer.
• The InvenTeam originally set out to design an automatic pancake maker, but changed the design concept because of the high cost of the appliance.
• The invention includes an off-the-shelf blender that is connected it to a microcontroller, a single-purpose processing unit designed to execute small control programs in real time, which allows the user to turn on and off the blender by email and text messages.
• The students developed the invention to enable clearer communication for 10 classmates with cerebral palsy.
• The interface includes a large press-and-release button and a user-friendly database of pictures, words, and pre-programmed menu choices.
• “The project has brought out the inventor in me, and now I just think about what I could make and what I can do to better the world,” Alicia Tillman, InvenTeams student.
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• The device is meant to service cities like Chicago, which have a lack of bicycle paths and narrow streets that cars and bicycles must share.
• The InvenTeam calls the invention Radio Cycling.
• A base unit modular is housed in the car; as a bicycle equipped with a communication module approaches 15 feet of the car, the driver is alerted.
• Inspiration for the invention came from a visually impaired classmate, who carries his heavy Braille books between classrooms.
• The user carries a locker locator that vibrates at increasingly faster speeds as it moves closer to the lock.
• The lock is Braille encoded enabling the user to easily enter his or her four-digit code.
• The lock can be used on any standard locker.
• The InvenTeam consulted the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to develop the invention.