16 November 2016 GE Lights for Life Challenge

Dr. Joseph Hollmann

Dr. Joseph Hollmann wins 3rd place in contest aiming to intelligently connect lighting to life. The Lights for Life Challenge is an open innovation challenge built by GE, Make: and Hackster which encourages inventors to submit a connected lighting idea for the home. In this year’s edition, nearly 1,000 innovators (aka ‘Makers’), from college students to data scientists, submitted ideas for using lighting for innovations in a “smart home”. They received special encouragement “to consider lighting from every angle, from table and floor lamps to light bulbs and Bluetooth®-enabled devices to voice-activated illumination or lights triggered by temperature sensors.”

In the 2016 edition of this competition, the winning ideas, some of which incorporate responsive voice command capabilities, may eventually be implemented in GE’s connected LED product line, C by GE. Dr. Joseph Hollman, postdoctoral researcher from the Medical Optics research group led by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Turgut Durduran, came in 3rd Place with an idea for a lit crib mobile that uses light invisible to the human eye to detect a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels to protect against SIDS, providing audio warnings around untraditional readings. Joe was given the award at the 2016 Maker Media Faire in New York, an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

Congratulations Joe!!!