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Date:4/3/2012

– Frank and Lopez take advantage of the cutting-edge sensors and other features of iPhones and iPads to make interactions between humans and robots as natural as possible. Their entry uses the devices' two embedded cameras: Can the front-facing camera track a disabled person's eye movements in order to direct a robot while the rear-facing camera collects information from the environment?

Santiago Kielmanovich, biotechnology program, NYU-Poly, originally from Buenos Aires, now living in Brooklyn, N.Y. – Humans employ many tools to diagnose themselves – why not give pet owners a way to find out when their pets are sick? Veterinarian and biotech student Kielmanovich proposes an inexpensive electronic home urine test to easily and quickly check pets' health.

Alan Perlstein, biotechnology and entrepreneurship program, NYU-Poly, from Brooklyn, N.Y. – With drug-resistant pathogens on the rise in hospitals, Perlstein set out to stop the spread of the most deadly and costly ones by using innovative sensors. He also foresees applications in agriculture as well as for identifying explosives and bio-weapons.

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Jeffrey Corpuz, electrical engineering sophomore, NYU-Poly, from Ellicott City, Md.; Aman Ali, computer engineering sophomore, NYU-Poly, from Dubai; Stacey Kaufman, marketing sophomore, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, from Ellicott City, Md. – Corpuz, Ali and Kaufman propose to create an attractive motion-detecting sleeve to slip onto an index finger, turning it into an electronic paintbrush. The analog words or images "written" on any surface – even the palm of the hand – are recorded and shared with others.

Ryan John Knutsen, chemical and biological engineering freshman, NYU-Poly, from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y. – Knutsen proposes an easy do-it-yourself test for hypocalcemia (too little serum calcium) and hypercalcemia (too much calcium), or e
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