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Jason Kimble, Project List, 1/30/2012

1. Human-Elephant conflict (HEC) reduction. Due to human encroachment into traditional elephant habitat, encounters with elephants are on the rise. The result of which is often death of a villager, destroyed croplands and, subsequently, the death of the elephant(s). The aim of this project is to use provide villagers and farmers with Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) technology in an attempt to deter the elephants.
2. Prosthetics for victims of violence. A reality of war is that prosthetic advances often accompany US conflicts. There are many victims of violence across the globe that could benefit greatly from the use of our prosthetic technology but lack the institutions and financial means. The aim of this project is to take current technology and use innovation to create prosthetics that can be produced inexpensively but function similar to more advanced prosthetics. This technology would be shared and distributed to victims of violence across the globe.
3. Trash scale. Every day in Albuquerque a lot of recyclables are thrown away with the rest of people's garbage. The arm on local garbage trucks could be fashioned with a scale that weighs the garbage as it put into the truck and a computer chip could identify the said customer. The aim of this project is to charge customers that produce more waste a premium for disposing of their garbage and reward customers who throw out less garbage, in an effort to promote recycling.
4. Energy use. Have an app that could be downloaded from either a computer or smartphone that monitors electricity and gas use in real time. The aim is to present individuals with a means to monitor their energy use in an effort to reduce energy consumption.
5. Energy from cars. In real time, energy could be collected from moving vehicles and put into the grid. The aim of this project is to put to use energy from moving vehicles that would otherwise be wasted.
6. CO detector. Incorporate a CO detector inside the car that shuts down the vehicle above a certain threshold. The aim is to avoid deaths by CO.
7. Medicine disposal. Hospitals and individuals dispose of medicine improperly and these chemicals find their way into the environment. The aim of this project is to design a machine that safely destroys unused medicines before they find their way into aquatic systems.
8. Ankle monitor. Medical devices that measure heart rate can be intrusive and easily removed. The aim of this project is to develop a heart rate monitor for home use that wirelessly sends a signal to an alarm when the heart beat becomes irregular.
9. GPS appliances. Theft is a huge issue in the US and a burglarized house could devastate an individual or a family. The aim of this project is to develop a company that incorporates GPS technology into household appliances that runs off of an internal battery supply and may be tracked online. This technology could be adapted into cargo shipments.
10. Internal GPS. Nothing could be more devastating to a parent than a child that gets kidnapped. The aim of this project is to develop a GPS unit that is placed under the skin of children, so that in an emergency, the child could be located.
11. Alcohol car monitor. DWI is a huge issue in the state of New Mexico and across the country. The aim of this project is to develop technology that measures a person's alcohol content in their skin and incorporate this technology into the steering wheels of cars. This would prevent someone who has consumed too much alcohol from driving.
12. Sink motion sensors. Require all households to incorporate motion sensors into household sinks. The aim of this project is to reduce water consumption, especially in arid regions of the US.