ASSIST Nanosystems Center Presents at 2013 Consumer Electronics Show
The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), established in September 2012 with headquarters at North Carolina State University (NCSU), exhibited in the TechZone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) International 2013, which took place January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The booth garnered considerable attention from CES attendees in the biomedical systems industry, comprising one of the largest global groups of potential center industrial members.
Key to the successful sustainability of ASSIST is to obtain support from industry members and potential partners as well as introduce the center’s research and its students to future employers. The ASSIST team garnered well over 100 industry contacts at the event.
ASSIST’s mission is to create self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it. The Center’s participants found their CES Eureka Park booth to be a novel and rewarding experience.
Veena Misra, ASSIST Director, and John Muth, Deputy Director, along with Jesse Jur, Associate Professor, and graduate students Murat Yokus (NCSU) and Ben Boudaoud (University of Virginia), manned the ASSIST booth. Eureka Park was a specialized Technologies Zone area that provided a unique exhibiting opportunity to launch a new product, service, or idea. In partnership with NSF and Startup America, Eureka Park was the premier destination at the show where retailers, venture capitalists, manufacturers, and others could find budding entrepreneurs including ASSIST Students, fledgling start-ups, and home-grown innovation.
Dr. Misra said, "Eureka Park provided our academic research center a strategic opportunity to network with many industry participants in the areas of digital health, fitness tech, low power electronics, consumer electronics, new apps, and wireless technologies. We were able to build many relationships from the discussions that we had at the booth with numerous interested parties. In addition, our team was able to network with the other booths in Eureka Park, which was extremely useful since many of them were engaged in strategic areas of technologies for our Center. In general, the opportunity that a venue like Eureka Park provides is invaluable for an academic research center such as ASSIST, since building the industry member consortium within the Center is one of our most critical strategic goals."