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Robert Bäckström and Isak Ladeborn captured the prestigious Swedish Embedded Award earlier this month at the Embedded Conference Scandinavia in Stockholm. That makes the second year in a row that students from our institution have brought home the prize.
Newly graduated from our bachelor programme in Innovation Engineering, the pair won the Student category honour and 50,000 SEK for their product, Smartbeat. Smartbeat is smartphone sports armband with an integrated heart rate monitor. Combined with headphones, and an app, Smartbeat provides audio feedback that helps users train at the right intensity.
A proud tradition of awards
In addition to the winners, two other student projects and the company Free2Move, with researchers from our institution, were nominated for this year’s award.
In 2011, Comfort Audio AB, whose founders are Halmstad alumni, won the award in the business category for their Comfort Digisystem Receiver DT10, the world's first digital mini receiver for hearing aids. And our students Spencer Mak, Fredrik Bergh, Johan Andersson and Mattias Bjäde won the student award with their CACC system that enables vehicles in traffic to drive in line at the same speed (also known as platooning), where the vehicles themselves, in cooperation with other vehicles, do part of the driver's job.
Text: HELENA ANDIN WICKSTRÖM/LAUREL WILLIAMS Photo: ROLAND THÖRNER