Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

Student inventors win and cash in with medical monitor, bike trailer

by Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca.

$20,000 isn’t your average science fair prize, but it is within the reach of students who come up with the right invention and enter it in the right student competition nowadays.

This weekend, that invention was a wearable, wireless medical monitor that measures a patient’s vital signs and transmits the data to medical staff.

A business plan to market the device won the top prize Sunday at the Enterprize Canada Entrepreneurial Championship in Vancouver. The plan was put together by Carleton University Ph.D. students Muhammad Arsalan and Atif Shamim and undergraduates Sumaira Haque and Anum Faizan, whose company, VSM Technologies Inc. beat out 11 other university teams from across Canada.

The plan had already earned the students $6,000 in an internal competition at their university in March and is now slated to be presented, along with of the six other top Enterprize finishers, on CBC TV's Dragon’s Den.

For students who aren’t sure they want to market their inventions, there are other contests with other prizes, but the winnings are more modest.

McMaster students Lindsey Kettel and Cory Minkhorst won $3,500 for inventing a collapsible bike trailer that won at the innovative design category in the Ontario Engineering Competition at the University of Guelph Saturday. Unlike existing folding trailers like the Wike and the ubu binner's cart, Kettel and Mikhorst’s invention remains attached to the bike as it folds away. The pair will have the chance at another prize at the Canadian Engineering Competition in Fredericton March 5-8.

tech-090209-folded-unfolded-trailer.jpg

Kettel and Minkhorst's trailer, shown both unfolded (top) and folded. (McMaster Engineering)

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

Analysis Why it's time to reform the EU, with or without Britain
Will the real European Union please stand up? For that matter will the real Great Britain please stand up? Because last week's talk of an “Independence Day” was a bit confusing.
Great Lakes water ruling sparks fear of thirsty cities video
The recent decision by eight U.S. governors to grant a small Wisconsin town access to the Great Lakes water basin has sparked concerns about the precedent this may set for other thirsty towns and cities.
Analysis Desperately seeking alternatives to Brexit financial mess: Don Pittis
On Friday the Brexit vote to leave Europe seemed like the end. But suddenly, as the British union threatens rip itself apart and a rudderless Britain is seeking an alternative. Don Pittis examines the failure of the referendum process and how the United Kingdom is struggling to search out a second chance.
more »

Canada »

CP track worker layoffs pose derailment risks: union
The layoffs of 500 track maintenance workers this week at Canadian Pacific Railway will raise the risk of future derailments and potential disasters, the union representing the workers warns.
New Three Amigos talks: Canada pushing Mexico to fully reopen beef market
If Canada succeeds in convincing Mexico to fully reopen its market to Canadian beef at this week's North American leaders summit, it will be an economic and politically symbolic victory.
Squamish BASE jumper dead after parachute reportedly malfunctions
A BASE jumper who leaped off a climbing spot on the Stawamus Chief has died after a parachute failed to deploy properly, Squamish RCMP said.
more »

Politics »

New Three Amigos talks: Canada pushing Mexico to fully reopen beef market
If Canada succeeds in convincing Mexico to fully reopen its market to Canadian beef at this week's North American leaders summit, it will be an economic and politically symbolic victory.
Analysis Justin Trudeau's fight with the forces of Brexit and Donald Trump video
There are hints that what happened in Britain on Thursday was driven by economic exclusion, political alienation and fears about immigration. Precisely the sorts of things Justin Trudeau has seemed eager to be seen as standing against.
Great Lakes water ruling sparks fear of thirsty cities video
The recent decision by eight U.S. governors to grant a small Wisconsin town access to the Great Lakes water basin has sparked concerns about the precedent this may set for other thirsty towns and cities.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

New Winds of Winter bring sweeping changes on Game of Thrones season finale
A major fan theory is confirmed, and Westeros has a new villain to fear, as new power players emerge in the Season 6 finale of HBO's fantasy series.
2016 BET Awards: Prince, political content loom large
The BET Awards — or "The Prince Tribute Show" — featured emotional and energetic performances from Sheila E., Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson, along with political statements on issues ranging from racial injustice to the upcoming election.
Austin Clarke, author of The Polished Hoe, dead at 81
Canadian writer Austin Clarke died on Sunday, June 26 at the age of 81, CBC Books has confirmed.
more »

Technology & Science »

China on schedule to launch new space station this fall
China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, keeping China on schedule to place its second space station into orbit later this year, that country's space officials say.
New Bay of Fundy fossils may hold evolutionary secrets of the dawn of the dinosaurs
Researchers are digging through the sandstone cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in search of 200-million-year-old bone fragments that could reveal more about the diversity of life at the dawn of the dinosaurs.
Coral scientists urge Australia to conserve reefs, curb CO2 emissions
As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.
more »

Money »

CP track worker layoffs pose derailment risks: union
The layoffs of 500 track maintenance workers this week at Canadian Pacific Railway will raise the risk of future derailments and potential disasters, the union representing the workers warns.
New low for British pound as Brexit fallout continues today
The British pound hit fresh new lows today as investors who drove the currency to its lowest level since 1985 last week found new reasons to worry about the prospect of Brexit.
Analysis Desperately seeking alternatives to Brexit financial mess: Don Pittis
On Friday the Brexit vote to leave Europe seemed like the end. But suddenly, as the British union threatens rip itself apart and a rudderless Britain is seeking an alternative. Don Pittis examines the failure of the referendum process and how the United Kingdom is struggling to search out a second chance.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Lionel Messi says he's retiring from international soccer
Lionel Messi tells Argentine network TyC Sports he's quitting national soccer team after losing to Chile in Copa America final.
Preview Raonic, Bouchard look to recapture Wimbledon magic
Two years ago Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic were the toast of Wimbledon. A year later, injuries led to early exits for the Canadians, who will be looking to recapture the magic in this year's edition.
Preview Wimbledon: 5 storylines to watch
Novak Djokovic's chase for the Golden Slam, Serena Williams's pursuit of Steffi Graf and Milos Raonic's partnership with John McEnroe are among the storylines to watch when Wimbledon begins on June 27.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »