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Student Inventors at 'March Madness for the Mind'

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hampshire College students Josh Kriger and Aaron Wieler were among inventors and innovators showing work at the ninth annual "March Madness for the Mind," an exhibition spotlighting some of the nation's top student scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), "March Madness for the Mind" was held March 19 in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, Calif.

The two Hampshire projects are part of the students' academic work and were developed in the college's Lemelson Center:

Kriger is designing a software technology called "Enhanced Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (E-RSVP)," which will enable the user to read four to five times faster than normal with improved concentration. RSVP technology already exists, but is of marginal use due to a lack of user comfort; Kriger's innovation lies in development of technology that is comfortable to use.

Wieler's "CyclePortage Trailers" is a community design project focused on reducing dependence on automobiles and strengthening local economies. He has designed an inexpensive bicycle trailer (materials cost $30) that is easy to build with basic skills and tools. He is also creating pamphlets and online materials that describe how to build the trailers and use them to strengthen local communities.

For more information, contact Lauren Way, associate director of the Lemelson program, at 413.559.5806 or

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