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Can inventors use Qualcomm technology and the IoT to save lives? [video]

Season 2 of the Qualcomm #WhyWait Invent-Off documentary web series premieres today!

Aug 2, 2016

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How often have you seen something so cool you’ve said: “I wish I invented that!” It’s so obvious, right? Well, invention can be a tricky business. There are often time constraints and competing ideas among team members, not to mention the daunting prospect of solving big challenges facing society today.

So if you had only three days to come up with an Internet of Things (IoT) invention that saves lives, what would you make? We posed that challenge to inventors and gave them a DragonBoard 410c (the first development board based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series processor) to bring their ideas to life. To see how this drama plays out in the real world, don’t miss Season 2 of the Qualcomm #WhyWait Invent-Off  – an eye-opening look at what goes on behind the scenes of invention.

Two teams, two approaches, one winner

For season 2 of Invent-Off, Qualcomm is accelerating innovation by issuing a lofty challenge. Two new teams of makers, engineers, and artists – all inventors at heart – are creating something that leverages the IoT and can save a life using a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor-fueled mobile development platform. This season’s teams are a study in contrasts – one team acts quickly and jumpstarts a solution aimed at first-world worries, while the second team takes its time and nurtures an idea that could benefit thousands in developing countries. The four episodes that follow today’s season opener trace their progress.

At the end of the five-episode season, the winning team will receive $25,000 in seed money and mentorship from Qualcomm Technologies key personnel to further develop their life-saving invention. This support will help the winning team better evaluate the commercialization potential of their ideas. 

The maker’s tool of choice: Dragonboard 410c

In a workshop that would be any maker’s dream, this year’s teams were given more powerful devices to ensure their inventions’ success – the primary piece being the new DragonBoard 410c, a high-performance, low-cost development platform from Arrow Electronics that is compliant with the 96Boards Consumer Edition specification, enabling a range of compatible add-on products through adapters, mezzanine boards, and accessories.

The Dragonboard 410c is powered by the Snapdragon 410 processor, which is packed with connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. In addition, DragonBoard 410c is compatible with a variety of operating systems including Android, Debian Linux, and Windows IoT Core – all of which pair with many available cloud and middleware-based IoT development kits. With all this power and flexibility, packed into a board the size of a credit card, it’s easy to see why the Dragonboard 410c has proven popular with makers and professional developers looking to quickly prototype IoT devices. The platform was designed to inspire innovators to create IoT products – such as robotics, cameras, wearables, medical devices, vending machines, digital signage and more – that may entertain, enhance productivity, or in the case of Invent-Off, may save a life.

The teams were also given a smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor. The high-end mobile device will give the teams the flexibility to invent something that can be controlled via a mobile app.

Learn about all the technology used on Invent-Off here.

Don’t miss the show!

The #WhyWait Invent-Off is a demonstration of Qualcomm’s mission of inventing and sharing mobile connectivity technologies globally to inspire progress. Now with the advent of IoT, we are transforming industries and accelerating the creation of fully connected and intelligent ecosystems. We envision a world where devices are safer, smarter, deliver dynamic experiences, and work seamlessly together, regardless of platform, standard, or manufacturer, to improve our lives.

As inventors and collaborators ourselves, we hope Invent-Off gives you an insightful and fun look at what it takes to come up with that “I wish I invented that” moment. Catch Season 2 of the Qualcomm #WhyWait Invent-Off here!



All photos by PJ Jacobowitz
Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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