Smart devices: promising projects presented in China
A solar cap, a smart composter, a watch for children suffering from autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and a probe that measures the depth of water in a well: all these projects for smart devices were pitched to an audience in China in July, by the teams of students that had developed them as part of the CHIC (China Hardware Innovation Camp). All the projects received an enthusiastic welcome and benefited from a lot of useful feedback.
The CHIC is a program supported by swissnex* China, which was launched by Marc Laperrouza, a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics and EPFL. Its aim is to transform a concept into a concrete technological object in just 30 days of work. Every year, it gives teams of students from HEC Lausanne (University of Lausanne), the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) the opportunity to create and produce prototypes of smart devices. A trip to China (Hong Kong and Shenzhen) during the program allows them to present their projects to get feedback on them and then produce the prototypes they have designed. We talk to Loïc Daubresse, Rihab Hammami, Luca Reut and Viktor Komplita, all students at HEC Lausanne who took part in the CHIC:
A connected solar cap
Loïc Daubresse and his team have developed a connected cap that measures children’s exposure to the sun and sends notifications to their parents’ smartphones about how long they have been exposed for and when to apply sun cream. He shares the positive feedback he received when he presented his project in China and the specific comments on the product design (article in French) – the prototype of his solar cap should be up and running (already) in the next few weeks.
A smart, connected composter
Rihab Hammami and his team have designed a smart composter for vegetable waste that will turn it into compost for the garden or house plants (in less than a month and without any smell). The team got a lot of positive feedback, which confirmed the usefulness of their concept (article in French). He comments on the “exceptional human adventure” he experienced in China!
A smart watch for special needs
The project developed by Luca Reut and his team, to produce a smart watch for children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) proved particularly popular with the Chinese audience. The trip gave them the chance to find out more about the situation of autism in China and stay in touch with the people they met (article in French). An excellent opportunity to find out more about the Chinese market and expand their contact list!
And finally: a probe to measure the depth of water in a well
Viktor Komplita and his team have designed a smart probe aimed at NGOs, to measure the depth of water in a well. The project, which is attracting interest from both the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and hydrogeologists, aligns with goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, "Clean Water and Sanitation". It fulfils numerous criteria such as being relatively inexpensive, easy to use and adaptable to the context.
The various projects will be presented at the Demo Days taking place at ECAL in late September and at the Ateliers de Renens (organized in partnership with Mass Challenge) on 11 December. Come along and meet the entrepreneurs of the future!
par Myriam Bango (Faculté des HEC)