Naperville Resident Wins Toyota’s Ideas for Good Challenge: Toyota of Naperville Presents Winner with a New 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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David Champion of Naperville, Illinois was one of five winners in the Toyota Ideas for Good challenge

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Toyota of Naperville-one of the leading Toyota dealerships in the Chicago area is very proud to have had the honor of presenting David Champion, a resident of Naperville, IL with a brand new 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for being a winner of the Toyota Ideas for Good challenge. Members of the Toyota regional offices in Chicago and General Manager of Toyota of Naperville presented Champion with an award and his new Highlander at the dealership.

Toyota’s Ideas for Good challenge was held last November and encouraged people to use existing Toyota technology to design something that would help society. Toyota opened up the use of their patents and many people, including Champion, took to the challenge. Over 4,000 people participated and out of the 4,000, 25 people were chose to have their ideas voted on by the online community. The five people with the most votes were chosen as the winners.

David used the Toyota Prius’ touch tracer technology to design a personal computer human interface device called the T3 HID. The device was designed in order to combat computer fatigue syndrome, which is caused by working on a computer for many hours each day and is similar to carpal tunnel. David’s idea was a dome shaped keyboard that he made out of play dough. The keyboard is split into two and reduces arm and wrist fatigue. The hands rest on the keyboard more naturally than on a regular keyboard. What makes the keyboard phenomenal is the touch tracer technology, which senses where your fingers are on the keyboard at any given time and shows it on the screen of your computer. With this, no one would have to look down at their hands or their keyboard. David is very excited to work with Carnegie Melon to build his prototype.

David works as a corporate sustainability consultant and learned about the Ideas for Good challenge when he was searching for a hybrid of his own last year. Since he was familiar with the technology in the Prius, he was able to work on his project and get a very intelligent design out.

“I’m honored to be an Ideas for Good finalist and thank you for this great opportunity,” said Champion. “I look forward to working with Carnegie Melon to develop my prototype, and hopefully we can get it out on the shelves for people.”

Toyota of Naperville is very honored to have someone from our community win this award. They were very happy to be able to present the Champion family with their new vehicle. People who are interested in learning more about Toyota of Naperville should call (877) 448-5152. Anyone who is looking to buy a new Toyota car in Naperville or a used car in Naperville should check out Toyota of Naperville as well.

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