Great Inventions Visit San José

Tech.jpgThe top 25 Semi-Finalists of the “2007 The Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge” have been chosen. These 25 unique inventions are now on tour, and the exhibition makes its first stop at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San José. (March 16 – 28th)
Representatives from the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge:
WHERE: The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2007
10:30 a.m.

If I can find time in my schedule I’ll be at The Tech today for a panel discussion moderated by Scott Budman of NBC-11’s “Tech Now.” Topics will include the changes, challenges, and the future of the invention process. Personal tours of the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge exhibit will be available.

The exhibition will make its way to Vanderbilt Hall in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal the week of May 14, 2007.  The Grand Prize Winner of the ‘Modern Marvel of the Year’, to be chosen during Modern Marvels: Great Inventions Week on The History Channel May 15 – 17, will be awarded a $25,000 grant.

Check The History Channel for TV coverage.

Among the 25 Semi-Finalists are several Northern California inventors:

Pierre Bierre, Computer Scientist and Smart Product Inventor,
Pleasanton, CA–  BuildExact: BuildExact is a system that allows for the precise
positioning of building materials guided by CAD software and lasers.

Owen Ralph Baser, Retired Building Contractor/Inventor, Sacramento,
CA–Baser Door Handle: The Baser Door Handle is a low profile door handle
allowing a door to be opened with just one’s fingertips, with no need to
grab or twist the handle.

Jesse Leaman, astronomy doctoral student, Berkeley, Gryphon Shield a modular, upgradeable information technology platform for motorized wheelchairs

Xiangfeng Duan, Principal Scientist, Mountain View, CA
Co-Inventors: Chunming Niu and Stephen Empedocles
Nanowire Thin-Film Transistor: The Nanowire Thin-Film Transistor
consists of nanotechnology enabled high-performance, low-cost flexible
electronics that can be used for flexible display, electronic paper, smart
clothing or radio frequency identification (RFID, smart labels).

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