The Stanford Cool Product Expo is an annual conference meant to give Bay Area inventors a chance to showcase some of the innovative projects they have been working on. This year's event, held on April 7, featured portable battery chargers, an iPhone adapter for a microscope, and even a few mind-control devices.
The Intel Reader is a book scanner intended to assist those with problems reading, such as dyslexia or the blind. Hold it steady enough, within a 15-degree tolerance, and you can read just about anything from street signs to books. Seen here mounted on a sturdy pedestal, the device can also be used to create your own audio books. After being scanned, the device can then read the text out loud and save it for later.
BioLite stoves are wood-burning devices that use technology to maximize energy consumption and minimize emissions and the amount of wood burned.
Using patent-pending thermoelectric fan technology, BioLite achieves 95 percent smoke reduction and is also capable of delivering a small amount of electricity. Intended for use in rural areas, BioLite can affordably provide health benefits, efficiency, and energy to charge devices like cell phones.
The NY Mini Biscuit designed by MiniWiz is a dual wind-solar AA battery charger. A small fan on the side captures wind energy, and the device unfolds to also harness solar energy, making it a versatile charging device for rural areas worldwide.
Video game mind control devices, like the Nia PC Game Controller, map a user's facial expressions and eye movements to control game actions. Here, a developer goes over some of the data before letting a show-goer use the device to play a round of the classic game Pong.
Using this concentration-developing tool made by NeuroSky, players use their mind to control the height of the ball as it moves through the rings. The ball is moved forward with a physical dial controlling air flow.
Using only the assistance of gravity, this cheap, durable irrigation system is intended to be used in developing countries where more expensive technologies are prohibitive to farmers. Using Driptech's system, the water container needs to be only 3 feet off the ground to deliver enough water pressure to effectively irrigate along 100 feet of tube.