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30 January 2015 Written by 

Ultrasonic Glove that allows blind people to sense their distance from objects wins award

A prototype of a glove that alerts blind people of the proximity of objects has won first prize in the inaugural Entrepreneurship and Business Competition run by Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)at The University of Nottingham NUBSand Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF)

The SenSei Glove uses ultrasonic sensor technology to provide vibration cues on the distance from objects.

Unlike other business competitions which focus on developing a traditional business plan, the NUBS/EIBF competition challenges undergraduate students to create a novel product concept that meets a real need in society. Competitors also had to demonstrate use of engineering skills in the creative process.

Coming a close second in the competition was a team of international students who addressed the problem of feeling unsafe when walking in unfamiliar places. The team developed GPSafe, an impressive mobile app solution. Whereas most GPS apps provide users with the shortest route, GPSafe combines GPS technology with readily available public safety data to give users information on the safest walking route.

Team SenSei won £1,000 and life-time mentoring from EIBF Fellows while Team GPSafe picked up a cheque for £500.

Chris Mahon, Deputy Director of MBA Programmes at Nottingham University Business School said: "We are pleased that EIBF has sponsored and supported this new competition as part of the Entrepreneurship and Business module. Engineering skills are incredibly important in business and the competition is a great incentive for engineering students to develop entrepreneurial skills. The judges and I were impressed by the creative ideas and passion for making a difference demonstrated by all who took part, so choosing the winners was difficult. Congratulations to the SenSei and GPSafe teams."

The other product concept entries were:

• MUC: A novel product to clean cosmetic brushes for better hygiene

• Bliss Wrist: A device that improves sleeping patterns

• Wrist Watch: A telemedicine device

• Gym Time: An app to help choose the best time to visit a gym

EIBF President and Visiting Professor in Sustainable Wealth Creation at NUBS, David Falzani said: "We want to inspire young engineers to get more involved in business innovation. The imaginative entries show that engineering skills are well-suited to the creation of new business ideas. We're aiming to make the Entrepreneur and Business Competition an annual affair."

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