WERCBench Labs Demo Day
M-WERC hosted its third annual Demo Day for WERCBench Labs graduates in December.
Visitors had the opportunity to get a first look at six incredible teams of engineers and innovators as they pitched their companies and shared highlights of their 12-week experience at WERCBench Labs. In addition to the $20,000 available to each participating team, this year M-WERC awarded up to $10,000 to winners of the pitch presentation competition at Demo Day.
Teams who participated in the recent Demo Day included:
ARIS automates 3-Dimensional measurements in smart factories for improved Quality Control. With ARIS’s solution, manufacturers can eliminate human errors in measurement with robotic automation, and easily set up and run complex automation programs using artificial intelligence.
The team at EWPanel developed a patent-pending tape-like nanogenerator that can generate electricity from human movement and from the motion of objects like machines, bicycles, and trucks.
The generated electricity can either be stored in rechargeable batteries for later use, or can directly drive low-power electronics such as sensors, Bluetooth connected devices, and LED lights. The nanogenerator itself can be used as a battery-free, flexible sensor as well. The nanogenerator is thin, flexible, and can be made into various sizes: from fingernail-small pieces to a sheet, hundreds of square foot in size.
Global Green Products manufactures and markets eco-friendly polymer products used to help customers conserve water, extend equipment usefulness, reduce energy loss and improve productivity.
Specifically, their products keep minerals dissolved in water from forming hard deposits while minimizing corrosion and pitting on heat transfer surfaces and equipment used in industrial cooling water systems.
Indiana Integrated Circuits (IIC) develops and commercializes, patent-protected advanced microelectronics technology and licenses it to systems integrators, wafer foundries and OEMs for implementation across a wide variety of end-use applications.
IIC’s patented Quilt Packaging technology provides a much smaller and more efficient interconnection between integrated circuits and related electronic components. Quilt Packaging enables significant system performance, efficiency and power density increases - while reducing cost, form-factor and overall power consumption. IIC’s patent portfolio consists of over two dozen issued and pending US & international patents.
NovoMoto is a for-profit social enterprise that provides clean electricity for off-grid rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
NovoMoto’s stand-alone solar-powered systems are less expensive, more efficient, and cleaner than the kerosene and diesel currently used in these communities. Kerosene poses significant health and environmental risks and is expensive. NovoMoto is currently serving a select group of beta customers in its pilot village in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Switched Source provides power-electronics solutions to increase reliability, efficiency, and renewable energy hosting capacity, on legacy grid infrastructure and in distributed energy system applications.
Switched Source’s flagship device, the Tie Controller, unlocks grid management capabilities, acting as a controllable valve to “push and pull” specified amounts of real and reactive power, in two directions. As a result, neighboring power lines can be operated as a networked platform, while providing energy consumers with two sources of power. The Tie Controller also provides a retrofit solution for legacy infrastructure to be able to accept and fully utilize distributed energy resources.