2013 National microMedic Contest Announced
Inspiring Open-­‐Source Health and Medical Simulation Innovation
By Robotics Trends' News Sources - Filed Feb 21, 2013

The U.S. Army Medical Research & Material Command’s (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), along with Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center and Parallax Inc. are offering over $25,000 in awards to inspire the next generation of medical innovation. The 2013 National microMedic contest is an opportunity to show the country what citizens can do with new technology—encouraging technical innovation with significant use of microcontrollers and sensors in the medical industry. This contest is a perfect practical application for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students around the nation.

Inventors and students are encouraged to participate by creating medical applications and prototypes for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training and the battlefield. These technologies have the potential to benefit service members, wounded warriors and patients in general. STEM teachers are encouraged to get their classes involved. Over 100 free contest kits will be given away on a first come first serve basis to qualified applicants. Use your favorite microcontroller or apply to receive a fee kit that includes either the Parallax multi-core Propeller chip or a shield for you with the Arduino microcontroller. The kit also contains various sensors, LED displays, infrared emitters, a blood pressure cuff, heart rate monitor and many other components to spark your imagination. Use of the official contest kit is not required to win.

The 2013 National microMedic Contest is open to people of all ages and is expected to create a surge in interest around new open-source medical applications. Dr. Thomas Talbot, the Scientific Domain Coordinator for Medical Simulation at TATRC, shared “We’re looking for microcontroller-based projects for the health and medical simulation community that combine the latest use of sensors, 3D printing, CNC and science disciplines. This is a call to action for inventive people to put their skills to use for the benefit of Army personnel and civilians. “

To help get the competitors started, Parallax is hosting resources such as mini tutorials with code examples for sensors, lists of application ideas and an online discussion forum specific to the microMedic National contest where contestants can ask questions and collaborate.

Applicants have until July 31, 2013 to submit their microMedic entries. Prizes will be awarded to 14 educational winners and 10 winners from the public category. The award ceremony will be held in September 2013 at TATRC’s Prototyping, Integration & Testing Lab (PITLAB) at Fort Detrick, MD. For more information on the 2013 microMedic Contest visit www.Parallax.com/micromedic

 

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