For the second time, Engadget is holding what they call their “Insert Coin: New Challengers” Competition. It is for inventors and the winner will receive money to help them fund their dream. 10 semi-finalists have already been chosen, and at Engadget Expand in NYC this weekend, Engadget’s editors, readers and a panel of experts will choose the winner.
I attended Engadget Expand yesterday on Media preview day. I got to see each of the semi-finalists present their inventions. Most, if not all of these gadgets are all set to launch on Kickstarter or Indiegogo as soon as next week. So hopefully many of these great ideas will become a reality, not just the winning invention.
Here are the 10 semifinalists in the Engadget Insert Coin: New Challengers Competition being judged this weekend at Engadget Expand:
1. BITalino – DIY Body Sensors for Anyone. Is is a low-cost toolkit that allows students or professionals to create projects with physiological sensors.
2. BlinkScan – This is exciting if you scan photos. BlinkScan is an easy-to-use-photo scanning device that does so many things. I am definitely going to want this.
- It captures high resolution photos
- Scan multiples photos at once and BlinkScan will save them each in their own separate file.
- BlinkScan can automatically remove the background of your image so that you only have the object you wanted.
- Automatic Straighten/De-Skew
3. GrowCubes – To grow perfect produce indoors. “GrowCubes are modular, vertically scalable farming environments that use 95% less water, aeroponics for nutrient delivery, and custom LED lamps to grow delicious organic produce indoors… and make healthy food accessible to all”.
4. Heads Up – Since many people will never give up texting while driving, Heads Up was invented to try to make it safer. With Heads Up, texts are displayed on the cars windshield, and you move them along with simple finger gestures. You can send your own texts with voice commands.
5. iOximeter – This is a pulse oximiter, which measures a person’s blood oxygen saturation and heart rate, and it is powered through the audio jack on your iPhone or Android phones. It also includes alarms to let you know when your values are abnormal.
6. Mr. Postman – Mr. Postman is a smart mailbox that allows you to manage your mail while you are not home. You will receive notifications when your mail is picked up and delivered. Smart security will learn the postman’s schedule and you can share a virtual key with your neighbors. It is “You’ve Got Mail” for real mail.
7. MYBELL – The world’s first customizable bicycle bell. Customize the sound your bell makes. This is very important for safety in big cities. Regular bells do not go louder than 70 decibels and studies have shown that they can not be heard in busy intersections. While they were at it, you will also be able to customize the LED so that you can choose how you want it to look in the dark.
8. NutriSurface – NutriSurface is a nutrition tracking solution that helps you keep track of calories, carbs and fluid intake.
9. Smart Power Strip – This will allow you to control, automate and monitor, almost any electronic device in your home, remotely from your smartphone.
10. DIWire – This is a desktop wire bender that transforms drawn curves into bent wire that can be used to make almost anything.
UPDATE: The Winners were announced today, Sunday 11/10/2013 and DIWire and GrowCubes were the winners of the Judges and Reader’s choice awards.
If you had a vote in this Engadget Insert Coin competition, which gadget or invention would you vote for? The one I most want to use is BlinkScan, the photo scanner. However, I’m not sure which invention I feel necessarily deserves to win.