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Nov 10 2011

NYIT Hosts Motorola Solutions’ Golden-i®dea Competition and Partner Conference

Old Westbury, N.Y. (November 10, 2011) – Technology leaders will explore a cutting-edge, hands-free, wireless headset computer at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will showcase Golden-i, the world’s first self-contained, Windows CE-based headset computer that gives workers the ability to multitask, communicate, and access information in the field, at its Golden-i®dea Competition and Partner Conference

Developers from leading businesses will present their real-world applications for Golden-i in the workforce in areas from medicine and military to law enforcement and manufacturing. Speakers represent NYIT, Motorola Solutions, Kopin Corporation, Reality Mobile, Southern Company, IPS, Bentley, and more.

NYIT students and faculty will present two projects at the conference, where they are competing to win $10,000 in prizes as well as recognition for the most innovative applications as part of the Golden-i®dea Competition.

A multidisciplinary team of undergraduate students from NYIT-New York and NYIT-Nanjing programmed Golden-i to operate a drone which will help workers explore unknown territories. Led by Ziqian Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, the students used a pivoting camera controlled by voice recognition and head motion. Their proposal, Third Eye, would allow guards on surveillance duty to oversee different locations simultaneously for the best performance, efficiency, and productivity.

The project is “a sci-fi dream come true,” said  team leader and hardware engineer Robert Pinkerton, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering,

Pinkerton has been working with a group of students majoring in computer science and computer graphics and animations. The students are Wenjie Zhuang, Hua Yumin, Mark Mervin, and Hu Xiaoqi. 

Sandra Kopecky (B.S. ’88), a graduate student pursuing her degree in computer science, proposed the integration of a bar code scanner into Golden-i to help workers easily navigate large warehouses or allow police officers to scan driver’s licenses.

“Working with Golden-i has shown me that I have the ability, skills, and confidence for work outside of the educational classroom,” said Kopecky, who completed the two-dimensional bar code scanner engine with guidance from Hossein Kashani, Ph.D., associate professor of telecommunications and electrical engineering technology.

Besides the $10,000 prize, winners will be awarded production quality headsets at the conference. In addition, mobile computing expert Richard Bravman will talk about the market-disruptive impact of new category invention and the powerful market opportunity it creates.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni may attend conference sessions for free without registration. For the complete conference agenda, visit For more information about the projects, visit NYIT's Golden-Ideas.

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