Grand Idea Studio has received a commercial contract from DARPA’s Cyber Fast Track program, which is a groundbreaking effort designed to fund short term, revolutionary security projects. The funded contract, entitled Research and Analysis of PCB Deconstruction Techniques, aims to research, test, characterize, and document a variety of techniques useful in the deconstruction of a printed circuit board (PCB).
Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio along with Brenda Berg, John Fiegener, Tom Gernetzke, Bill Liteplo, Neil McDaid, Billy Vespa, and Sam Wald have been granted patent #D665,551 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent describes an ornamental design for a heat-sealing waste disposal unit.
Parallax, Inc. has become the exclusive licensee of Grand Idea Studio’s Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module, a multi-language voice synthesizer that converts a stream of digital text into natural sounding speech output. Emic 2 is the highly anticipated follow-up to Grand Idea Studio’s original Emic module released in 2003. Parallax will handle all manufacturing, distribution, sales, and support of Emic 2.
Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio will be hosting the Make It Challenge at the Freescale Technology Forum Americas 2012. This design contest challenges participants to create and race an autonomous line-following vehicle using the Freescale Cup car chassis.
Joe Grand will be participating as a guest judge in the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Projects Day for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) to be held on May 3, 2012. The purpose of the EECS Projects Day is for senior cadets to present the results of their year-long capstone projects. Joe, along with a panel of other judges, will assess the projects and assist in determining prizes.