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|About the No Hands! Challenge|
We need your input! In this ideation challenge, we are exploring the possibilities for alternative inputs (such as, but not limited to, audio and/or visual) for a portal ultrasound device!
This handheld ultrasound inspection platform (Mentor) is used alongside many non-destructive testing (“NDT”) instruments. These NDT instruments are used to evaluate the properties of material, component or system without causing damage—regularly utilized in industries where a failure of a component would cause significant hazard or economic loss, such as in transportation, pressure vessels, building structures, piping, and hoisting equipment.
These types of portable inspection devices are critical to field service operators as oftentimes—getting to the right location or area to complete the inspection can be grueling. Pipes may be suspended from great heights or buried underground—and may also be very hot (temperatures can be as high as 400 degrees Celsius).
These rough environments compel high safety requirements for field services operators: requiring s/he to wear protective clothing, suspension harness, gloves, glasses and more. While this protective equipment is incredibly important—the operator still needs to be able to do the assessment.
The current handheld ultrasound device allows an operator to complete the inspection and provide inputs through touch screens, as well as regular buttons and knobs. Yet, touch screens can be problematic to use when wearing gloves, just as buttons or knobs may be difficult to control when suspended from scaffoldings.
This challenge seeks to identify approaches to enable alternative inputs, such as audio or visual, for a portable ultrasound device that are suitable for industrial environments.
Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens at 9:00am EST on September 10, 2018. Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST, November 2, 2018 to be eligible. Free FUSE account required. Employees and contractors of GE and any of its respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible. Void where prohibited.