Invention

At ICE laboratory, diversity fuels the fire within

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diversity is behind the wheel at Stony Brook University, where an unexpected team of mechanical engineers is fueling a new future for an old technology. Electric vehicles are an enormous part of an energy-efficient future – and they’re increasingly prevalent in the present, with hybrids quickly filling our HOV lanes. But that doesn’t mean internal combustion engines are dead. Instead, the drive for energy efficiency has researchers like SBU Department of…

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Thanks to IPS’s remote sensor, the well water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // An award-winning digital sensor system is helping clean water flow to rural communities around the globe, thanks in part to the creativity of a top Long Island innovator. A remote well sensor designed and deployed by charity: water, a circa-2006 nonprofit credited with executing more than 28,000 clean-water projects in 26 countries, has earned an International A’ Design Award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an international organization dedicated to promoting…


SBU science runs wild among 2018 NAI inductees

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation abounds among the 15 Stony Brook University faculty members being welcomed today into the National Academy of Inventors. The national academy’s SBU chapter, which debuted in 2016 with an intellectually staggering 30-member opening class, was scheduled to induct 15 new members Tuesday evening during its annual meeting at the university’s Charles B. Wang Center. The latest inductees span a wide range of scientific disciplines, from Dennis Galanakis – an SBU…


Makers unite: (Re-)inventor combines creative clubs

By GREGORY ZELLER // And then there was one. And that was the plan all along, according to founder Brian Fried, who has merged the Nassau and Suffolk county inventors clubs he created into a single entity – the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, brought to you by the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center, located on the campus of Farmingdale State College. That’s where the new organization will hold its monthly meetings, beginning this…


A decade in, still smarter than your average innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three offices, 80-odd employees and one huge corporate takeover later – not to mention bragging rights on some of the cleverest commercial products in the land – Intelligent Product Solutions has completed its first decade of innovation. The Hauppauge-based product-design specialist with a penchant for the Internet of Things officially marks 10 years this winter, and it does so under the auspices of a new corporate parent: Florida-based global designer/distributor Forward…


Northwell innovators think outside the box, and in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bioelectronics and “smart” tech won the day in the Northwell Health 2017 Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which invited the New Hyde Park-based health system’s 63,000-plus employees to submit groundbreaking healthcare ideas for a shot at project-development funding, eventually came down to two champions at Northwell Health’s Made For Big Ideas Showcase in October – a bioelectronic device designed to reduce premature births and a “smart” laboratory container that knows when a…


Rolling Motion rolls out next-gen traction drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // Everywhere he goes, John Pawloski causes friction. And that’s a good thing, especially for Rolling Motion Industries, Pawloski’s North Babylon-based 2016 startup. Rolling Motion is the exclusive (so far) manufacturer of the RMI Traction Drive, a super-efficient transmission system that masters “rolling friction” principles and aims to become an indispensable industrial cog. It looks like the cog has legs: This month, Pawloski’s enterprise received its first order through a newly established…