SJSU Students Wow Judges at Intel Competition

High excitement, dashed with a bit of nerves, filled the Intel Corporation's Santa Clara Auditorium as 10 multidisciplinary student teams vied for the top spot in the first ever Intel Rapid Prototype Competition. After months of hard work, three teams emerged from some tough competition as winners.

 Team Ad Astra Solutions
Team Ad Astra Solutions, comprised of Amanda Sharpe, John Hernandez and Karl Bradley Saclolo took home the $5,000 in scholarship money for their first place prototype, K8, (pronounced Kate) the adorable female robot that teaches young girls basic programming skills. Using Bluetooth and a drag-and-drop system, girls can reprogram the robot to perform a variety of functions within a fun, storybook environment. 

 Two other teams, Intel-I-Gents and Intel Agents, earned the second and third place spots at the finals, Jan. 23, 2015, and were awarded $4,000 and $3,000 in scholarships respectively.

Last September, 50 SJSU students from Engineering Arts and Humanities, and eight of their professors met for the first time in an engineering lab to get the ground rules for a bold new experiment: a competition that pairs teams of digital artists with engineers to design prototypes that currently exist only in the mind, but could one day disrupt life as we know it.
The main idea behind the semester-long innovative contest is to “be creative and have fun” says Carlos Montesinos, Intel Labs Robotics Engineer, who’s leding the competition from the industry side. But the high tech company hopes in addition to offering students a valuable hands-on learning experience, it too will be re-inspired by students’ scholarly innovations.
“Intel really believes the next big thing will come from college students,” Montesinos said.

This is the first time Intel has conducted this competition outside its own labs. After method testing the program internally for more than three years, the company picked SJSU to pilot test it. If all goes well, Intel may open up the prototype challenge to other universities.
The objective seems simple enough: build a cloud connected prototype product using Intel’s Galileo Gen 2 RP platform. For this competition, the company supplies the circuitry kits to each student team. The true test of innovation sparks in the form of a creation’s originality and functionality.

"The quality and creativity of the projects were just outstanding," says Davidson College Dean Andrew Hsu. "Each of the teams made us extremely proud and to us, they are all winners."


Team Projects 

Ace - Jayesh Chhatpar, Kaoru Kishigami, Laurence Simmonds, Mahesh Bingi,Yash Parulekar
Connect IntelliTracker, the tiny aerodynamic anti-thief device to your bike, car or motorcycle. This 4-inch device hides out of sight and tracks your vehicle in the event it is moved from it parking space without permission. Powered by a solar battery pack, IntelliTracker alerts you to the vehicle’s location via text message in the event it’s stolen. Tamper-resistant sensors keep IntelliTracker in place.

COMI - Bowei Zhang, Cong Lu, Yanjing Guo, Yue Chen,Yung Ching Peng
This small portable device converts CMYK colors to RGB colors with one touch on the built-in LCD screen. The Color Cookbook simplifies the pigment addition and subtraction process allowing art students and professional graphic artists to mix just the right paint color after scanning and pixelating any color sample.

Cube Satellite Solutions - Alexander Ayala, Juliana Wong, Justin Bogler, Zachary Kouba
Viewing your very own cube satellite after balloon launch couldn’t be easier with this handy device. Just use your GPS Visualizer tracker for smart phone view the rocket through multistage schemes via your smart phone screen.  The device is equipped with a solar panel and backup lithium battery power keeps it operational. 

Intel Agents - Adrianne Marinas, Chris Sawtelle, Fred Sun, Jake Pichel, Melissa Tran 
Pantory is the smart pantry organization system that can be used with your smart phone to simply scan, weigh and tag pantry items for inventory control, meal planning and to create shopping lists. The product is suitable for home or professional kitchens. Data is stored in the cloud and accessed with an app.
Intel-i-gents earn 2nd place for its security drone 
Intel-I-Gents - Arturo Hernandez, Emil Kurian, Isaac Blane-Zimberg, Jorge Balderrama, Yaron Alexandrovich
The project is a remote-controlled airborne security drone for the home or business, equipped with a web camera, automatic intruder tracking and smart collision sensors. Use your android smart phone via the cloud to control the drone from anywhere. The drone transmits real time activity. When done, simply land it on its charging pad.

Rapid Innovations - Garrett Belau, Mikey Xavier, Shaw Chang, Siddhata Patil
 With Smart Garage, you’ll never have to hunt for a parking spot again. Just use your smart phone with the Smart Garage app to easily find which parking spots are open.
Sweet Salmon- Harish Kothandapani, Andrew Puentes, Angelica Cabanlit, Rob Quinn, Sovisit Thou
 Open Gimbal is an automatic video recorder/web cam that uses facial recognition technology. Forget piles of videotapes, with Open Gimbal your images are stored in the cloud. 
Team X - Justin Fontaine, Luis Soto, Prem Bharath Soundararajan, Sagar Ruchandani
 Smart Cut is the ‘smart’ chopping board for every kitchen. Smart Cut let’s you electronically view your recipe on the built-in, watertight, digital screen while you cut or chop. The screen also weighs your food and has a unit conversion mode. Interchangeable cutting mats prevent cross contaminating of food.

Trigs - Arthur Baney, Charles Oliver, Rosecary Aguinaldo
 Trigs device is a fully customizable, Microcontroller Peripheral Device for Smartphones and tablets.