ZPower® Announces 2018 Battery Bowl Design Challenge Winners

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This year’s $25,000 prize goes to two engineering students from UC Berkeley

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This competition was crafted as a useful way to spread the word about the merits of silver-zinc microbatteries, but more so, we wanted to support the next generation of innovators in their efforts to improve society with their ideas and designs.

ZPower, the world’s only developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc microbatteries, has announced the winners of their second Battery Bowl Design Challenge, an undergraduate engineering competition where qualifying applicants develop and prototype a device that makes the best use of ZPower’s rechargeable microbattery technology. The $25,000 prize is awarded to an individual or team after a presentation at ZPower headquarters in Camarillo, California. This year’s winners are Anton Zverev and Aniruddh Iyengar from the University of California at Berkeley.

The winning entry, Dynosis, is a quantitative analysis wearable for tracking and diagnosing dyskinesia. More commonly known as “movement disorders,” dyskinesia is an umbrella term for conditions including Parkinson’s, dystonia and essential tremor (ET). The device, worn on the wrist, tracks and records data relating to patients’ involuntary movements and sends the data to an iPhone app via Bluetooth.

Outside of expensive brain scans, dyskinesia is typically diagnosed using visual assessment, which often leads to incorrect diagnosis and, in turn, inappropriate drug therapies. Zverev and Iyengar’s device aims to provide a deeper level of diagnostic insight to be used in tandem with visual assessments as a way to mitigate misdiagnosis and inaccurate or delayed treatment.

For a power source, Zverev and Iyengar stated that ZPower rechargeable microbatteries were the ideal choice for their medical device. The profile of the batteries is small enough to not add weight or bulk to the device, while the fact that they are non-flammable makes them ideal for a medical device designed to be worn on the body.

The purpose of the ZPower Battery Bowl Design Challenge is twofold. First, it aims to generate awareness among the country’s next generation of innovators as to the merits of ZPower’s silver-zinc microbattery technology. ZPower silver-zinc rechargeable microbatteries provide the highest energy density for their size compared to other rechargeable options and are capable of hundreds of recharges throughout their lifetime without significant loss of energy. They are recyclable, non-toxic and non-flammable making them an optimal choice for medical devices and wearable/hearable applications.

Second, the contest is a way for ZPower to support innovation within the collegiate engineering community and provide a cash prize substantial enough to help the winning engineer or team see their idea through to fruition.

“A big congratulations to Anton Zverev and Aniruddh Iyengar from the University of California at Berkeley,” said Ross Dueber, President and CEO of ZPower. “We were very impressed with all of the students and the designs that they entered in this year’s Battery Bowl Challenge. This competition was crafted as a useful way to spread the word about the merits of silver-zinc microbatteries, but more so, we wanted to support the next generation of innovators in their efforts to improve society with their ideas and designs.”

To learn more about ZPower batteries, visit https://zpowerbattery.com/.

About ZPower, LLC:
ZPower is a leader in the development of rechargeable, silver-zinc batteries for microbattery applications, whose headquarters and manufacturing facility are in Camarillo, Calif. The company provides a total solution for hearing instrument manufacturers, which includes advanced silver-zinc battery technology and charger design support. The ZPower solution simplifies new product development and speeds time to market. For end users, ZPower batteries deliver unmatched performance and improved user experience, and are better for the environment. ZPower is ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2008 certified, and its facility and devices are registered with the FDA. For more information, visit https://www.zpowerbattery.com.

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