HTR PreSeed Workshop

Fall 2011

Technology Team Concise Descriptions

Team # 1: Photo Dynamic Light Therapy Laser Device Illumination device for photodynamic therapy (PDT) of pre-cancerous skin conditions. Guided by requests from dermatologists who routinely use PDT in their practice, this University of Rochester team has developed a working prototype to target the delivery of light. Future market expansion to non-malignant skin conditions and oral cancers are planned. Team # 2: ClarElast Ultrasound Measurement Device for Fatty Liver Disease ClarElast is developing software modules and ultrasound probes that are compatible with any existing Doppler ultrasound machine allowing accurate measurements of tissue fat content and stiffness. This University of Rochester technology is particularly suited to the noninvasive study of fatty liver disease and liver fibrosis. Team # 3: Advanced Ophthalmic Lenses for Customized Vision Correction Design and development of advanced ophthalmic lenses for correction of optical imperfections i.e. irregular astigmatism or higher order aberrations in the eye, especially those which are afflicted by abnormal cornea. These aberrations can substantially degrade visual function and quality of life, and cannot be corrected by conventional ophthalmic lenses. Once this University of Rochester technology is proven to be successful for abnormal corneal patients, the same technology can be expanded to a normal population or specialty areas e.g. competitive sports for another business opportunity. Team # 4: MCB Clean Rooms MEMS-based Energy Harvesting MCB Clean Room Solutions, LLC is developing a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) Micro-Vibrational 3 Energy Harvester (μVEH) which will provide power for wireless sensors. The μVEH is a micro-chip (< 1 cm ) which converts environmental vibrations into electricity and employs a novel (patent pending) architecture which will produce 100 times more power than other μVEHs currently in R&D. The target market is the Building and HVAC Controls Sector of the Wireless Sensors Network (WSN) market which is predicted to grow at a AAGR of 76% over the next five years. WSNs can be used to monitor energy consumption, processes, and environmental conditions and are expected to lead to massive energy and cost savings. Team # 5: SensorCon General Purpose Environmental Sensor Platform Sensorcon is developing a wireless gas sensor network product suitable for intelligently controlling ventilation systems in applications such as enclosed parking garages based on actual environmental conditions (CO gas concentration). Sensorcon is also preparing to launch the “Sensordrone” this Fall, a key fob sized device with numerous internal sensors that can be reprogrammed to run a variety of sensing applications with an app running on an Android based smartphone. The idea of the Sensordrone is to have a single sensor tool that can perform any number of consumer sensing applications, such as measuring temperature, humidity, air quality, stud finding, color matching, infant temperature monitoring, gas leak detection, breath alcohol measurements and many others.

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Team # 6: Artwork Evolution This RIT Student-led team is creating a mobile software company that is initially targeting the iOS Platform (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) by making creative Apps for art and photography. This includes an artwork creation platform that can create an infinite amount of artwork. Images can be morphed, similar to Photoshop, but it happens directly on the device and can be shared and the team is working on a photo sharing App for iOS devices. There are many market avenues ranging from selling artwork, to users customizing artwork, and advertising agencies. Team # 7: Home Automation System This RIT Student-led team plans to design and sell home automation systems. These systems will be capable of controlling virtually anything in a home including: HVAC, lights, appliances, sprinklers, and security. The system will be designed in such a way to support both new constructions and retrofits. Because of the energy-saving benefits of automation, the system will pay for itself over time. The system will also allow the user remote control and remote monitoring from anywhere in the world. Finally, the system will eschew obsolescence by being easily re-programmed. Team # 8: MACOM Design & Logistics for Medium to High-density Housing Solutions Founded by an RIT alumnus, MACOM’s housing concepts are based on 20’ and 40’ intermodal shipping containers due to their low cost and high strength. MACOM seeks to become the United States first company to specialize in turnkey building solutions where second-use shipping containers are used as a primary building media. MACOM’s patents will help builders to significantly reduce labor costs, construction errors, and on-site construction times. Project ROIs are greatly enhanced, anywhere from 30%-50%. Team # 9: Colacino Industries Industrial Automation System for Municipal Water Stations This Newark, New York company has developed a one-source solution for waste water treatment management in which water and wastewater monitoring systems are developed, built, installed, managed, and secured by industrial automation. Municipalities use this technology and Colacino’s expertise not only to remotely monitor the status of their pump stations and also to monitor station efficiency. Waste water management accounts for over 17% of the total power consumption in the nation. Team # 10: Novel Single-source, Multi-stage Process for CIGS Solar Cell Production Copper, Indium, Gallium and Selenium (CIGS) thin film deposition is a promising technology for low-cost, highperformance photovoltaic solar cells. This University of Buffalo team has developed a novel single-source and multi-stage process for CIGS deposition that solves many problems found in existing production lines. This process will enable CIGS to be deposited using standard equipment with little modification, improve the large area uniformity and is compatible with in-line processing. This would allow a significant reduction in fabrication cost of the CIGS thin film solar cells compared with the co-evaporation process. The present cell efficiency exceeds 15%.

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