The Society for Technology in Anesthesia is pleased to announce it's 12th Annual Engineering Challenge to be held in conjunction with the 2020 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
- At least one member of the team should be a trainee – student, resident, fellow, etc.
- It is permissible to present via Skype (or equivalent video chat)
- All presenters should be prepared to present in 10 – 15 minutes and should contact Jeff E Mandel, MD, MS prior to the start of the session, particularly if presenting by Skype.
STA 2020 Engineering Challenge: Millimeter Wave Gestures
Most anesthesiologists have experienced the problem of needing to interact with a medical device while wearing gloves. While many technologies have been developed to permit interaction with computers without contact, no widely-accepted solution has emerged. A new technology that is poised to enter the consumer electronic market is millimeter wave radar sensing. A number of companies have announced products, and Google’s Project Soli may debut as an interface in the vaunted Pixel 4 phone. Millimeter wave chips are small, inexpensive and can be protected from hazardous environments with plastic cases.
The Engineering Challenge for 2020 is to explore what we could do with millimeter wave gestures. Unlike previous versions of the challenge where the problem is narrowly specified, this challenge only specifies the technology – millimeter wave. The problem you solve is up to you.
Suggested systems include:
- The TI IWR1443 Boost
- Infineon Technologies XENSIV™ Position2Go Development Kit
It is possible that there are other choices.
As always, the point of the Engineering Challenge is to educate the membership about a new technology, have fun and maybe change the world. I’m more interested in how you would solve the problem than seeing a final solution, but the members in attendance are the final arbiters of who does the best job.
Because all of these systems require some investment in hardware, all presenters will receive up to $400 to defray the cost of buying the hardware. Please submit the receipt for your development board to Marie Odden.
STA Engineering Challenge Contact Information:
For questions on the challenge specifications contact:
Jeff E. Mandel, MD, MS
Chair, STA Engineering Challenge