Tech Analyst Jeff Kagan On Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize
It was reported on April 19, that Qualcomm announced the first place winner n the Wireless Innovation competition was a software program that let’s patients with limited medical training scan Pap smear slides, which provide almost immediate results. This competition was held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the developers are students.
Principal analyst Jeff Kagan offers comment.
Almost thirty students competed. They submitted eleven entries using smart phone apps and other wireless technology. They competed for more than $17,000 in prize money in the second annual contest.
The second place price for $5,000 went to a team of students that developed an inexpensive electronic patch, which reads gestures and then does a pre-selected command.
Third place price for $2,500 went to a team of students that created a device, which you wear and which regularly measures blood oxygen of seriously ill patients at home and transmits the information to the physician over the wireless network.
“This shows that great new and innovative ideas come from a wide variety of sources. It’s not just companies who develop this breakthrough ideas, it’s also individuals, and even students. Innovation is like magic. It often just appears to the mind. Making it real is the challenge. This is where breakthrough innovation comes from. We must encourage this. We will all benefit from such exciting inventive technologies that can save lives and improve medicine delivery.” Says Wireless analyst Jeff Kagan.
“I commend Qualcomm for this creative program set up to grease the wheels of innovation and new ideas. Who knows what inventions will come from these type programs and become mainstream. Who knows what innovators will emerge from this process. This is all very exciting.” Says Jeff Kagan.
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