News archive - April 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Waterloo alumnus hits jackpot with Pebble smartwatch

Eric Migicovsky is one of those “overnight success” stories that was years in the making.

In just six days, the University of Waterloo systems design engineering grad has raised more than $3.2 million in online orders for his new “smartwatch” that connects wirelessly with the iPhone and Android phones.

He appears set to smash all previous records for Kickstarter, a New York-based online funding platform for products in such fields as technology, music, food and publishing.

“We’re pretty pumped,” Migicovsky said in a phone interview Monday from Palo Alto, Calif.,

Monday, April 16, 2012

1 Million in a day: systems design graduate's watch is a hit

Remember the BlackBerry watch? Its creator, a Waterloo systems design engineering and VeloCity graduate Eric Migicovsky, is now following up with a next-generation watch for iPhone and Android, and he’s already raised nearly $1 million in pre-sales since yesterday to bring it to market.

That’s 10 times the $100,000 his company, Pebble Technology of Palo Alto, CA, set out to raise by May 18 – more than a month away. 

More about Pebble smart watch

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Professor Maud Gorbet wins WoW Award

Systems design engineering professor Maud Gorbet has been honoured for her work in the community by the Women of Waterloo Region (WoW) in the Science and Technology category.

She was recognized for her leadership in bringing the FIRST Lego League (FLL) program to the Waterloo region that has resulted in children between the ages of nine and 14 becoming excited about science and technology.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Systems design students win 3 out of the 4 awards at VeloCity's pitch night organized by Ideas2Entrepreneurship

Best Value Proposition: SmartVend (Tariq Ahmad Arghastani, Tommy Chan, Parneet Kohli, Jason Yeung (supervisor: Hamid Tizhoosh)

Honourable Mention: Interactive Baseball Training Aid (Cameron Scott, Ronak Trivedi, Prashant Viswanathan)

People’s Choice: Interactive Baseball Training Aid (Cameron Scott, Ronak Trivedi, Prashant Viswanathan)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Design project awards from 2012 Design Symposium

“Best entrepreneurial potential”: Designing an Augmented Feedback System for Music Learning: Arian Rabhari and Ivan Cheung (Supervisors: Carolyn MacGregor and Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam)

“Best presentation” and “Best overall 4th year design project” awards: shared by the two following design groups.

Virtual Reality Simulator for Behavioural Analysis in Traffic Situations: Justin D’Entremont, Robert Sparrow, Roger Kovessy (Supervisor: Carolyn MacGregor)

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