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Nov 17 2011

NYIT Students Make their Mark on Cutting-Edge Technology

Old Westbury, N.Y. (November 17, 2011) – Motivated by a challenge, six NYIT students gained first-hand experience in the business and technology involved in producing, perfecting, and marketing a cutting-edge, technological invention.

The students presented their innovative applications for Golden-i, the world’s first headset computer, which was showcased at Motorola Solutions’ Golden-i®dea Competition and Partner Conference, during a two-day event at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion.

The NYIT team won third place in the competition for the project, Third Eye, which connected Golden-i to a drone to help workers explore unknown territories. Nicole Tricoukes, senior maverick at Motorola Solutions, described the team’s project as “a wonderful display of technology,” and praised them for pointing out how simple code allows them to actually do something with Golden-i. The team will receive a Golden-i headset when the product comes to market, which is expected to be in 2012.

Students were given the unique opportunity to present their ideas and network with top technology and business leaders from Motorola Solutions, Kopin Corporation, Reality Mobile, Southern Company, IPS, Bentley, and more. The project helped students learn their strengths, weaknesses, and passions for technology. Robert Pinkerton, an electrical and computer engineering senior who served as team leader and hardware engineer for Third Eye, says he realized he loves working with drones.

“Creating an application with such short notice was really exciting, and my team was truly influential,” added Pinkerton, who helped his team complete the project in just six weeks.

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.

“These guys get it,” said Kopecky. She understood the relevancy of her idea to real-world issues when business leaders at the conference applauded her project.

The multidisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students from NYIT’s New York campuses and NYIT-Nanjing included computer science students Zhuang Wenjie, software engineer, Hua Yumin, publicity and media coordinator, Hu Xiaoqi, webmaster, and computer graphics and animation student Mark Mervin, who worked as graphic designer.

“We, as academics, need to come together with the help of industry. We provide the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of students,” said Hossein Kashani, Ph.D., associate professor of telecommunications and electrical engineering technology, who guided the NYIT group with Ziqian Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Throughout the conference, developers from leading businesses spoke about the importance of collaborating with universities to meet market demands. They presented real-world applications for Golden-i in the workforce in areas from medicine and military to law enforcement and manufacturing. They also discussed the future of Golden-i in the market, as well as applications and projects planned for the headset.

Mobile computing expert Richard Bravman identified Golden-i as a new category invention that will offer a product that people don’t yet know they need. 

He summed up the conference best: “All of us in this room have an opportunity to make history,” he said.

To learn about NYIT projects, visit NYIT Golden-Ideas

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