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Designer of Things: Creating for a better world

17 Dec 2015  | Charles Murray

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Makers of innovative products from different parts of the globe showcased their work together with materials and components suppliers at the recent Designers of Things (DoT) Conference organised by UBM.

Dedicated to the potential of wearable technology, 3D printing and the Internet of Things, the show featured some of the brightest ideas in the arena of Internet-enabled products. A booth sponsored by the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance, for example, provided a glimpse of clever new ideas ranging from smart hospital trays and ski boots to intelligent heating systems and touch displays.

Here, we offer a peek at some of the show's exhibits. From software development kits to intelligent mousetraps, following are a few of the best, and most unusual, displays at the Designers of Things show. (All images are from Design News.)

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Pikes Peak MakerSpace, USA captured the essence of the Designers of Things show with an intelligent mousetrap featuring wireless communication capability. The smart trap enables homeowners to know when it has been tripped and thereby prevent a potentially malodorous experience.

"People get tired of bending over or they just forget to check the trap," noted developer Greg Cook. "Then three days later they've got this stinky mouse." The Better Mousetrap prevents such occurrences by employing a tilt sensor, microcontroller and wireless transceiver. When the trap catches its prey, the tilt sensor alerts the MCU, which sends the homeowner an email. Cook said the technology also has applications beyond the world of rodents.

"Your sprinkler, your mailbox, your garage door—anything that tilts can now be instrumented," he said.


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