Monthly Archives: September 2015

Apple Car expected to be released in 2019

A recent Wall Street Journal article announced reports of Apple’s electric car development coming to fruition in 2019.

Project Titan is responsible for the design and development of the car is reportedly going to increase their manpower for the job to 1,800 persons. This news comes after the addition of many car industry veterans to the Titan team, such as Tesla’s previous senior engineer, Jamie Carlson.

Apple’s 2019 vehicle is not expected to be autonomous, but driver-less car experts are going to be working on the development of the car as well. What we can expect from this car is that it will reflect Apple’s extensive research into batteries, sensors, and design. As of now, there is no clear answer on what type of car (sedan, coupe, truck, mini van, etc.) the Apple car will be.

With the coming of Apple’s electric car in 2019, we should expect the release of many other electric cars. Along with the familiar production of electric vehicles from Tesla, Nissan, and Toyota, companies like Porsche, Audi, and Chevrolet have some electric car projects in the works as well that we can expect to see in the near future.

With Google and Apple’s emergence into the car industry, many car companies are worried that it will negatively affect business for them.


Easy, cool tech life-hacks

Here are 3 little technological life-hacks to make your life more cool/interesting, enjoy:


iPod and iPhone projector for $1-

Iphone projector

What you’ll need:

  • An iPhone/iPod
  • Magnifying glass
  • A shoe box
  • A knife
  • Duct tape
  • Clay
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper

Here is how to do it.

Turn a laser pointer into a macro lens for your smartphone-


Things you’ll need:

  • Laser pointer
  • Smart phone
  • Tape
  • Bobby pin/tape

Here is how to do it.

Guard for iPhone and laptop charger cord-


Things you’ll need:

  • A spring
  • A charger

Here is how to do it.






Social Entrepreneurship Competition!

Get Ready.

Along with The Innovation Lab’s very first Woflie Tank event, The College of Business recently announced that they are hosting a Social Entrepreneurship Competition!


This goal of the competition is to design a way to raise funds in order to support significant innovations that address a social or a local problem.

The initiative can be for-profit, not-for-profit, or both. The innovations that contestants support can relate to a wide range of problems such as education, poverty, social justice, etc. and can incorporate any discipline or combination of disciplines.

This competition is in association with Lift Up Long Island (LULI) and is funded by James and Cecilia Komosinski and Simplex-Grinnell.

The submission process works as follows: by October 15th contestants have to submit a 2-page presubmission initiative description which covers (1) the team or leader submitting the initiative, (2) the problem and evidence for why it’s important, (3) the solution–what the initiative will do and how, (4) why this solution is innovative, and (5) finances–both costs and how the initiative will make or raise money.

From here a panel of distinguished Long Island social entrepreneurs and Stony Brook faculty will provide feedback and invite submissions of detailed business plans for the next round. Groups, according to their initiative, will be assigned to a mentor.

Finalists from this group will work with a mentor to develop a pitch to be presented in person to a panel of social entrepreneurs Monday, Feb. 15th 2016.

Projects will be judged according to how thorough the understanding of the problem is, how innovative it is, the social impact, sustainability, scalability, leadership and teamwork.

Prizes and dollar amounts will range between $500 to $5,000 to implement contestants’ start-ups. A total of $15,000 will be awarded depending on the winning proposals’ need for financial support.

For more information, go to or or contact Prof. Gerrit Wolf at or Prof. Richard Chan at

Attached is a document covering more information concerning the competition:College of Business Social Entrepreneurship Competition Announcement Fly…


Drone technology captures bird’s eye view of campus

Have you seen this video?  – This is John Feinberg flying his drone.  His work with Drones photos is as a community member is not affiliated with the SBU Innovation Lab or  endorsed by the Lab.  Since the campus is still working on a campus policy for Drone use on the Stony Brook Campus.

John Feinberg, a member of the Stony Brook Innovation Lab team, has been flying a quadcopter equipped with a camera around Stony Brook University’s campus day and night for the past few weeks. Throughout his flights he compiled this unique bird’s eye perspective of the university.

Feinberg began to receive some buzz for his work after he began to post edited images and videos he captured of campus locations to various campus social media accounts, such as the @StonyBrookU Twitter and Instagram handle, and the university hospital:

Shortly after he sent out his work, he began to receive responses from the Stony Brook University Medical Center, who shared photos of photos of construction of the new children’s hospital to their followers; the Computer Science Department retweeted photos of the new building;students began to post Feinberg’s content on YikYak and Reddit; and even the CEO and Founder of Shutterstock, Jon Oringer, who found his footage after it was tweeted by the executive director of alumni relations, made one of Feinberg’s tweets a “favorite.” The featured video has even made its way onto the university’s homepage!

Feinberg uses a DJI Phantom 3 Advance drone to fly and capture his footage. The drone hovers at around 400 feet in the air. It’s camera has a direct connection to whatever device attached to the controller, such as an iPad or iPhone, by USB. A 720p video signal transmits back in real-time with very little latency so one can get proper exposure on the camera and flight data.


In the future Feinberg plans to film various events on campus, such as the Homecoming football game, Roth Regatta and the change of seasons. So be on the look out!

Although this is a hobby for John, he treats it as a profession and will be continuing to fly for years to come. We will forward to what footage his drone will bring Stony Brook University next!



Prosthetic Printing In the Innovation Lab




Ellie Evans – A student intern during the Summer of 2015 printed and assembled a Prosthetic Hand, using the Innovation Lab’s 3D printers.  Ellie had the idea from e-Nable project. E-Nable project is a global network of volunteers using 3D printing to give helping hands to kids that don’t have one.   Ellie is a Political Science major at the University of Rhode Island. However, she became an intern at the SBU Innovation Lab after hearing about the various technologies in the facility that student’s have free access to.


Ellie said that she learned everything from basics of how to use a 3D printer and filament, to the different printers it takes to print finer/bigger objects.  While assembling the pieces she had to figure out how tension worked in a hand, as well as how the pieces fit together.   Ellie adapted the concept of “Tunnel Vision”, when working on long term projects that use 3D printers. Ellie describes “Tunnel Vision” as, when you know a piece is supposed to go together a certain way, but just don’t see why it isn’t work. The project was difficult, but Ellie said that if it wasn’t for her great colleagues in the lab who were always available to lend a hand or to look at the project from a different perspective; this made her job a little easier. IMG_0342


As this being the first prototype of this kind to being developed in the lab the team was excited to see the final project.


This is one of the many projects that are challenging students and staff alike at the SBU Innovation Lab.


High school researchers design a bathroom for cerebral palsy patients

This past summer two high school researchers, Drew Kaplan and Shakeel Faizy, began to design a bathroom system for individuals with extreme disabilities such as cerebral palsy. This bathroom design Drew and Shakeel have created will allow individuals who cannot move on their own, and lack motor skills, to use the bathroom without the aid of others.

The inspiration for this project came from Shakeel, whose brother suffers from cerebral palsy. Shakeel’s brother’s condition requires constant aid and assistance from his family, with the creation of a bathroom like the prototype Drew and Shakeel are working on, his brother would be able to use the bathroom on his own.

When creating their design, Drew and Shakeel analyzed the aspects of bathroom usage that they found most important. The next step was redesigning a normal bathroom for more accessible use.

Here is an image of the bathroom system:

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The bathroom consists of five main parts: it includes a rotating platform, a low to the ground shelf, for easy access,
a sink, a toilet, and a bath/dryer unit. Each station is engineered with automatic technology to improve and simplify hygiene.

In the Innovation Lab, Drew and Shakeel 3D printed the platform, chair, and tub/shower unit of our design. They used TinkerCAD to design the prototype for 3D printing. As of now, the duo is still working on the sink, toilet, and shelf designs.

Their next step is to program the chair to move into and out of the tub on a small embedded motor.

We look forward to what is to come from these two bright gentlemen!

Below is an image of both Drew (right) and Shakeel (left) holding the 3D printed prototypes they created in the lab.