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October 7, 2015

Edison Award Winners Lead the Way

No one would dispute the importance of innovation is the progress of civilization. Innovation allows us to do more with fewer resources, saving time, energy, and money. Every year, the Edison Awards, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, recognizes some of the leading product and service innovations. This Herman Trend Alert is the second in a series of alerts we will publish about the 2015 Gold Award winners. The first was the alert we wrote some time ago about BittyLab’s breakthrough baby bottles and nipples.

Biometric Identification taken to the next level
The Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University has developed a platform they call characterize as "Unconstrained Biometric Identification". This impressive platform can enhance and identify people from very low resolution footage that includes side views of heads and, is even accurate when people are not looking directly at the camera. The platform can pick up high resolution images of the eyes from up to 12 meters away and identify people based solely on their iris patterns. The Boston Marathon bombers would have been identified earlier with this technology. Take a look at their video demo; I know you will be impressed.

THESBOT: a pipe-inspecting robot
Since pipes are closed, when they leak or get clogged, it is often difficult to diagnose the problem. Developed by HiBot Corporation, the THESBOT is a snake-like robot created to inspect pipes. Due to its jointed design, it can independently climb vertical pipes and even move around elbow joints, u-bends, and T-joints in pipes as small as 3". While it is taking real-time images, THESBOT may carry other specialized sensors, providing invaluable information for predictive plant maintenance.

A solution to understand people with speech impediments
Many of us had experienced the frustration of trying to understand a young child barely intelligible communication. Engineered for people with speech disabilities due to motor, speech, and language disorders Talkitt(R) by Voiceitt to easily communicate using their own voice. A smartphone app, The Voice2Voice application translates unintelligible words into understandable speech and runs on any mobile or wearable device, allowing the person to communicate freely, anywhere.

Innovation begets innovation
Recognizing innovation in a variety of fields, The Edison Awards identifies impressive breakthrough in products, services, strategy, and design. To have your product or service considered, visit Our forecast is that fueled by The Edison and other recognition programs, there will increasing numbers of breakthrough innovations vying for our global currencies.

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