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International Essential Tremor Foundation Supports Bishop Kelly Student Engineering Teams Development of ET Tools

Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) has donated funds to help underwrite travel expenses for the Bishop Kelly High Schools Engineering Design team, based in Boise, Idaho, when they participate in the 2011-2012 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program at the EurekaFest held at MIT in Boston. The student team is developing two tools that may one day assist people with essential tremor (ET).

Essential tremor (ET), a neurological condition that causes shaking of the head, hands and voice, is the most common movement disorder estimated to affect 10 million people in the U.S.

Each year the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program awards grants to teams of high school engineering students. Thirteen Bishop Kelly students and two advisors, Dr. Guy Hudson and Dr. Lawrence Neznanski, comprise one of sixteen InvenTeams nationwide chosen for the exclusive opportunity to participate in the program. Each team receives grants up to $ 10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their choosing.

The Bishop Kelly InvenTeam chose to develop magnetic assistive devices for people with tremor in their hands and arms, due to ET, Parkinsons disease, or injury, says Dr. Hudson.

MagWrite 2.0 is a device to help those with various types of tremor write more legibly. MagMouse is designed to work with a wireless computer mouse to lessen the effects of tremors while using a computer. This project consists of a nine-month process of designing and testing, followed by a debut of the finished prototype in June 2012 at EurekaFest.

The IETF is proud to support high school students gaining valuable skills in an educational program in service of a project that may one day benefit those with essential tremor, says Catherine Rice, Executive Director of the Foundation.

For more information about the IETF and ET, please contact Executive Director Catherine Rice. For information about the competition and team, please contact advisor Guy F. Hudson, Ph.D., Science Chairperson, Chemistry and Engineering Design Teacher and 2011-2012 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Coach at (208)375-6010.

About: The International Essential Tremor Foundation Headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is thleading organization in the world dedicated to helping those affected by essential tremor through awareness, education, support and funding research to identify effective treatments and hopefully, a cure for the condition.

The IETF hosts ongoing community awareness events across the country to build a better understanding of ET and provides those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. The Foundation provides support and resources to seven community ambassadors and a nationwide network of 80 local support groups.

Since its inception, the IETF has distributed more than half a million dollars in research grants to fund 12 promising research studies to search for the cause of ET. To learn more about essential tremor, visit the IETF website at

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Opal Kelly Launches XEM6001 ? Entry-Level Xilinx Spartan-6 USB FPGA Module

Opal Kelly Launches XEM6001 – Entry-Level Xilinx Spartan-6 USB FPGA Module

Portland, OR (PRWEB) January 24, 2011

Opal Kelly, a leading producer of powerful FPGA modules that provide essential device-to-computer interconnect using PCI Express or USB 2.0, today announced the XEM6001, an FPGA integration module based on the powerful Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA with high-speed USB 2.0 interface for downloading and control. This XEM6001 module is offered as an upgrade to Opal Kelly’s popular XEM3001, providing many enhancements, while keeping the same footprint and pinout. With its low cost, small size, included FrontPanel SDK, and large number of general-purpose input/output pins, the XEM6001 is ideal for integration into a broad range of projects.

The XEM6001, based on the Xilinx XC6SLX16 Spartan-6 FPGA, includes a new 32-Mb serial flash for FPGA configuration in standalone operation. Spartan-6 enhancements include integrated PLLs, double the number of block RAMs and multipliers, and a denser 6-LUT slice structure, when compared to the Spartan-3 based XEM3001. Opal Kelly maintained the same business-card form factor and pinout of the XEM3001 to allow designers to re-target their Spartan-3 XEM3001 designs for the new XEM6001.

"With XEM6001’s small Spartan-6 FPGA, we are now able to use twice the memory compared to the XEM3001. This allows us to run a double buffer for small image sensors, something we could not do before. This device really helps us in our research of miniature cameras. Thank you Opal Kelly!" said Eugenio Culurciello, Associate Professor Electrical Engineering, Yale University.

The XEM6001 is ideally suited for prototyping and integration into OEM devices where a USB interface, flexible hardware solution, or PC software interface would be useful. The XEM6001 can easily be added to a new board design to provide turnkey USB integration, with the convenience of Opal Kelly's FrontPanel programmer's interface and existing USB drivers. The product is also ideal for students and hobbyists who want to learn more about FPGAs and the convenience of investigating them through their PC.

The XEM6001 is available now from the Opal Kelly online store for $ 199.95 (Qty 1). It includes the Opal Kelly FrontPanel SDK and USB driver, XEM6001 User’s Manual, email support, as well as an active online User Forum.

About Opal Kelly

Opal Kelly, founded in 2004, offers a range of powerful, off-the-shelf, USB 2.0 and PCI Express FPGA modules, including the easy-to-use Opal Kelly FrontPanel software interface and robust API. Opal Kelly products provide the essential device-to-computer interconnect for fast and efficient product prototyping, testing, development, and OEM integration. Design engineers, researchers, teachers, and serious hobbyists, worldwide, use Opal Kelly modules for a versatile and economical interconnect solution that shortens development time, fills expertise gaps, and dramatically accelerates time to market. For more information, or to purchase Opal Kelly products, please visit

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Kevin Kelly Appointed Vice President of Product Development and Engineering for Gear Stream

Kevin Kelly Appointed Vice President of Product Development and Engineering for Gear Stream

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) February 10, 2011

Kevin Kelly, software veteran and cloud-computing visionary, is the new Vice President of Product Development and Engineering for Gear Stream, a privately held Agile product and software development company known for commercial outsourcing innovations.

“Kevin’s expertise in all facets of software product marketing, management, and engineering coupled with a deep understanding of how to leverage the Cloud in designing and operating fully virtualized Agile software factories makes him uniquely qualified to lead our development operations,” said Brad Murphy, Gear Stream founder and Chief Executive Officer.

“My engineering approach fosters broad company support for software and product development life-cycle innovations,” said Kelly. “Gear Stream is innovating on today’s traditional billable-hours approach and finding more effective ways for customers to pay for delivered value. In that context, I’m dedicated to providing radical improvement in software quality, cycle time, and software unit costs.”

Kelly joins Gear Stream with nearly 30 years of application software development experience. During 15 years with Microsoft’s R&D product teams, he was a principal on the Visual Studio product line; leading teams and initiatives to deliver groundbreaking software development tools. In a prior start-up success, Kelly founded, led, and sold an application development consultancy, Keltex Software. Kevin has a BA in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Tennessee and completed graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Gear Stream:

Gear Stream, the leading large-scale Agile Enterprise Transformation and Agile Software Development Partner in North America, supports Agile team transitions that drive broad company support for innovating the entire software and product development life-cycle. In contrast to others, Gear Stream’s Agile Transformation Framework integrates direct involvement from CXOs, PMO’s, Product Marketing, QA, and Operations Leaders to ensure that team-level adoption of Scrum and Agile practices are effectively supported and implemented.

Gear Stream, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, is privately held with regional offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Chicago and an Agile Development Center in Argentina. For more information about Gear Stream, visit us online at:



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