The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" I was, admittedly, a bit surprised by the question, as the Golden Mousetraps have been around since 2003.
For those not in the know, the Golden Mousetrap Awards honor innovation in the development of new products in automation, electronics, materials, and design tools -- the four pillars of design, as we like to refer to them.
The winners and finalists, chosen by our Advisory Board and Content Team, are highlighted on DesignNews.com and in print. If you're chosen, you also receive logos, so you can brag about the news on your own website/promotional materials. In addition, those products receive spotlight coverage in a 2014 New Product Newsletter.
Even more exciting is the fact that the winners will be honored during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif. (held in February in conjunction with the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and our annual Rising Engineering Stars award, in partnership with Mouser Electronics). The GMT awards themselves are worth the price of entering -- they are being 3D-printed by Stratasys. How cool is that?
Here are a few more things you need to know:
We've made some minor changes to our categories and subcategories this year. While the four core technologies remain the same -- Electronics & Test, Automation & Control, Design Tools: Hardware & Software, and Materials & Assembly -- we've added some new subcategories, most notably 3D printing!
Cost is $295 per entry, and products that entered the marketplace between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013 are eligible.
Deadline for entries is November 15, 2013. Enter here.
A few years back there was a group of girl scouts from Iowa that came up with a prosthitic hand for a little girl as a part of the First Lego League. It was really neat to see what they accomplished. Here's a link to one of several articles.
Very cool. I am currently involved in the First Lego League which encourages young 4-Hers to think about problems and come up with solutions. This years' challenge is Nature's Fury. I can't wait to see what some of the teams come up with. I think this would be a great thing for design news to look into co-sponsoring.
I just read an article within the last 2 weeks about a boy who invented a sandbag out of a salt mixture that was lighter than sand. When the water hits the salt it increases the weight and make a great barrier for holding out water. Neat idea. Here's the link.
Many years ago, jmiller, Design News did exactly what you're suggesting. The winner was a boy who figured out a way to feed his goldfish remotely. He would call a phone, which would activate a shaker mechanism, which fed the fish. As I recall, he was only about 10-12 years old.
Jennifer, Several years ago I wanted to submit a design that has not been brought to the product level yet. I have not gone after a patent because the design and it's varients could be a benefit to the poorer counties in the world, a general benefit to humanity.
I still don't see a catagory for things not into production or commecialization.
We like the way you think, jmiller. We strongly encourage kids to submit to our Gadget Freak section (which is free and offers $500 for cool inventions). We are also looking to include a student Rising Engineering Star Award, to coincide with our (adult) Rising Engineering Star/Golden Mousetrap program.
If you know of any youngsters who are worthy of this award, please nominate them! You can send me an email: email@example.com.
A thought to design news. It might be kind of cool to add a kids category or a way for kids to get recognized for some of their cool inventions. It would be a good way to encourage youngsters to start thinking about growing up to become engineers like us.
Here's a slideshow showing off last year's winners: http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=258732 And here are the finalists in each category: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257098 http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257097 http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257088 http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257084
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.