Technion EE graduates win grand prize of Intel’s International Challenge
Congratulations to Technion EE graduates Omri Soceanu, Yonathan Verker, Gal Braun and Lev Demyanenko, for creating the Diabetes Helper, winner of the grand prize of Intel’s MakeItPro Challenge!
The Intel’s MakeItPro Challenge introduces the Intel Edison development board to inventors and entrepreneurs. The board gives developers a chance to work with a small, adaptable hardware platform with extended software compatibility. Its goal is to speed up prototyping and productizing of connected computing devices.
The Diabetes Helper is a device that measures blood glucose levels without actually drawing blood from the patient. It is intended for third world countries, where patients cannot afford or do not have access to the equipment needed for traditional glucose tests.
The device uses a technique of analyzing light wave reflection in order to estimate blood glucose levels. It uses solar power and does not require batteries or other perishable components.
The prize committee praised the invention, saying “We are convinced that their idea has great potential and we are really looking forward to helping them develop it further and launch a successful crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to their professionalism, their videos and their strong final presentation to the jury, we believe they will make the best use of the Intel Edison Platform.”
The inventors, Omri, Yonathan, Gal and Lev, met during their undergraduate studies at the Technion EE department. In an interview to the Israeli news website Ynet, they said their goal was to improve the lives of many third world patients, making use of Intel’s new platform.
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