May 2017 11
Create the Future
No, sorry, we’re not talking about the car. Admit it, though, if you happen to have a great idea for a new technical product, think about entering the
2017 Create the Future Design Contest, sponsored by
COMSOL, Inc. ( www.comsol.com), Mouser Electronics
( www.mouser.com), and the Tech Briefs Media
Group ( www.techbriefsmediagroup.com). Contest
categories include Aerospace and Defense, Automotive/
Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics/Sensors/
Io T, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical Products,
and Sustainable Technologies.
You basically have to submit a description of your
entry (up to 500 words), what is so great about it, how
it would be produced, and where it would be applied.
Entries will be judged in terms of innovation ( 50 percent),
manufacturability ( 25 percent), and marketability ( 25
percent). A prototype is not required, but you must
provide at least one visual illustration.
The grand prize is $20,000. First prize in each
category is still in the to-be-announced stage, but the
winner in the Machinery/Automation/Robotics category
will also get a $5,000 copy of MapleSim modeling and
simulation software. For complete rules, go to contest.
Surf’s Always Up!
This month’s “gotta have one” device is the Carver motorized electric board, designed to provide users with the experience of surfing above flat
waters. The device is a product of Onean Electric Jet
Surfboards ( www.onean.com), which also offers the
much tamer Manta version.
The Carver is pushed along by a water jet
unit and a dual-core brushless 4,400W electric
motor, operated by a wireless control. Top speed
— assuming a rider who weighs 165 lb (75 kg)
— is specified at 21 to 25 mph ( 35 to 40 kph).
Unfortunately, you only get about 20 min of fun at
full thrust, and it takes about two hours to recharge
the battery. Fortunately, though, you can get an
extra battery for $1,300.
Given that you will have already shelled out $3,870
for the board, why not go for it? ▲
Onean’s Carver electric surfboard skimming down a river.
INDUSTRY and the PROFESSION