CyberFitness Wins IQ Competition
Integrating a personal trainer into an MP3 player, Kettering University students won the winter 2011 Innovation Quest.
“CyberFitness” won the $1,000 grand prize in Kettering University’s Innovation Quest-Winter 2011, with their unique concept of integrating music from a user’s MP3 player with a personally designed training program and motivational coaching all tailored to an individual’s weight or athletic performance goals.
The student team made up of seniors Jose Terrazas, Matt Holland, Will Rock and Pirow Bekker, developed the integrated training program for their Innovation and New Ventures class (BUSN 372).
“We surveyed people to determine their reasons for not sticking to a weight loss exercise program or athletic training program to enhance competitive performance,” said CyberFitness CEO Jose Terrazas, a Mechanical Engineering major from Monterrey, Mexico. “Our CyberFitness service is the next best thing to having a personal trainer working alongside you at the gym or outdoors.”
Winning $500 and $250 respectively were Tyler Finnegan for his advanced polymer automotive bug protectant technology “BugzOff,” and Ryan Burt for his acoustical sensor technology which can identify non-compliant softball and baseball bats “BatBoy.”
All competitors in the Innovation Quest submitted an innovation report and made a five-minute pitch to a judging panel that included Dr. Joel Berry, Mechanical Engineering Department head, Dr. James McDonald, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department head, and Dr. Sung-Hee Park, associate professor of Business.
Art DeMonte, McDonald professor of Entrepreneurship and who team teaches Business 372 with Dr. William Riffe, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, said the Innovation Quest has become an important part of the University’s effort to generate creative, pro-active students who will positively impact our world.
“It’s a key activity that complements our Entrepreneurship Across the University program, the Kettering Entrepreneurship Society, and the commercialization efforts of our TechWorks incubator and Innovation Center,” said DeMonte.
The Innovation Quest will continue with a new round of competition in the spring term.