The Seeker to this Challenge is interested in novel solutions to power and transmit data between wallpaper TV displays and their power and data boxes. The proposed solutions are either wireless or, at least, use miniaturized and transparent cables.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV wallpapers are powered via a copper wire cable that connects the display to the power box. In addition, the cable is responsible for data transmission between the two units. Due to its dual-purpose, this cable is thick, meaning that it remains visible when the system is set up. For consumers, this constitutes a problem since it has an aesthetic impact.
Therefore, the Seeker is looking for novel methods to power and transmit data between the two units. Preferably the proposed method is wireless, but at minimum the solution must use a miniaturized or transparent cable.
To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 27, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.
What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?
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.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.