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Challenge <p> Robust Proximity Sensor</p>

Robust Proximity Sensor

Award:  $25,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Posted: Jul 24 2017
Challenge ID: 9933961
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The Seeker is looking for a technology that can detect close proximity of a human hand and be robust against outdoor conditions such as rain, snow, dust, etc. More details will be provided on the bauma Open Innovation website.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


The Seeker owns technology that can detect the close proximity of a human hand based on capacitance. It works quite well, but has failure problems with outdoor conditions such as rain (moisture), snow, dirt and dust. The Seeker would like Solvers to design a new sensor system to accomplish the proximity detection that can also withstand the outdoor ambient conditions without failure. The new system cannot be based on capacitance.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. If multiple proposals meet all the Technical Requirements, the Seeker reserves the right to award only the solution which they believe is superior and cost effective. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.

For further information about this Challenge and to apply, please click here to be directed to its dedicated website.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on September, 17, 2017

Late submissions will not be considered.

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An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

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