Australia's one-armed robot bricklayer and an all-terrain electric skateboard have both just won an iAward

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A one-armed robot bricklayer from Western Australia, an all-terrain electric powered skateboard and an app to show how hard you kick, hit or throw a ball are among the winners of Australia’s iAwards from the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

The major award, the AIIA Innovation of the Year, was awarded to Balconi Telecommunications for the Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live, a handheld two-way video conference system developed for remote telehealth care.

Fastbrick Robotics, a robotic bricklaying system, got the Inspiration of the Year Award.

Yield Technology Solutions, which has created farm sensing, analytics and app package, is the Startup of the Year.

The BajaBoard, a powerful off road, all-terrain electric powered skateboard, won the consumer award.

The 15 winners were recognised across four categories including Special Recognition, Vertical Markets, Technology Infrastructure and Students.

“Innovation, risk-taking and exploring new horizons are embedded in Australia’s DNA and the work of the finalists is an inspiration to us all,” says Rob Fitzpatrick, chief executive of AIIA.

The 2017 iAwards winners:

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

AIIA Innovation of the Year Award: Balconi Telecommunications for the Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live, a handheld two-way video conference system primarily developed for remote telehealth care, giving the most remote and disadvantaged communities access to medical specialists globally.

Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award: Fastbrick Robotics, a robotic bricklaying system to make construction easier, faster and safer.

STARTUP OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Yield Technology Solutions, which has created end-to-end farm sensing, analytics and apps such as micro climate sensors and predictors for agriculture and aquaculture for faster, more-informed farming.

Merit: Life Whisperer, which applies non-invasive artificial intelligence driven image analysis to improve the selection of viable embryos for IVF.

Merit: SponServe, a cloud-based sponsorship management platform which both rights holders and brands use to gain complete oversight and management of their relationships.

VERTICAL MARKETS

Business Service:

Winner: LiveHire enables employers to create live talent communities and shift from expensive and lengthy reactive recruitment to 100% proactive recruitment and positive candidate experiences.

Winner: Corona Compliance Management’s Norwood Systems allows organisations in finance, healthcare and government sectors to capture and retain SMS messages sent between their staff and customers, clients and patients.

Community Service:

Winner: Balconi Telecommunications for the Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live.

Merit: Ionata Digital and Beacon Foundation for eBeacon, which facilitates online communication between teachers, industry experts and students in regions of high youth unemployment and disengagement to allow the Beacon Foundation to reach, connect and inspire young Australians.

Consumer:

Winner: BajaBoard, a powerful off road, all-terrain electric powered skateboard.

Merit: Prezzee Digital Gift Cards, a gift card app so you can buy, send, store and redeem gift cards instantly.

Industrial & Primary Industries:

Winner: Fastbrick Robotics bricklaying system.

Merit: SensaData and La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion for Smart-r-Tag, which can be used with food and other condition-sensitive goods such as pharmaceuticals, to provide complete information on a product’s journey and its environment from its origin to end-user.

Public Sector & Government:

Winner: NSW Health ACI/Institute of Trauma & Injury Management’s NSW Trauma App provides clinicians with rapid, effective and efficient access to standards of trauma patient care and information.

Merit: SenSen Networks’ SenSIGN uses a world first automated platform to provide councils with a comprehensive and fully accurate report of all road signs and line marking assets.

Merit: University of Tasmania’s eResearch Ecosystem delivers both a high performance compute and secure research data storage platform for local, national and international research collaborations.

TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE

Big Data / Machine Learning Innovation of the Year

Winner: The Yield Technology Solutions’ Sensing+ app.

Merit: Life Whisperer.

Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year:

Winner: DST Group & Data61 for the Cross Domain Desktop Compositor, an appliance that allows isolated computer networks to be securely accessed and viewed through a single user interface.

Merit: Conduct for HMR Referrals a cloud-based national solution for timely and secure Home Medicine Review (HMR) referrals between clinic-based GPs and outreach healthcare practitioners.

Mobility Innovation of the Year:

Winner: Prezzee a gift card app and aggregated platform so people can buy, send, store and redeem gift cards instantly.

Merit: Smileyscope, which uses virtual reality to keep kids still and calm, allowing clinicians to insert needles safely and successfully.

Merit: Balconi Telecommunications for the Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live.

Research & Development Project of the Year:

Winner: DST Group & Data61’s Cross Domain Desktop Compositor.

Merit: Data61’s Vision Processing for the Bionic Eye takes images from a head-mounted sensor and converts these to stimulation patterns on a retinal implant, improving outcomes for implanted individuals.

STUDENTS

Junior Students:

Winner: PowerShot, developed by Elliot Bairstow, Cory Dent, Hamish Howieson and Jessica May, is an app that combines technology, sport and games to measure how fast you can kick, hit or throw a ball.

Merit: Table Talks, invented by Declan Predavec (previously an iAward Winner in 2016), is a versatile and effective tool that listens to a conversation, and displays what is being said to those who can’t normally hear it at the dinner table.

Merit: Reading Republic, developed by Claire Lau, Sophia Gianotti, Sabrina Stitt, Angelica Talevi and Isobel O’Brien, , an app that encourages kids to read in a child friendly environment where they can read and write book reviews.

Senior Students:

Winner: An Aspie Life, developed by Bradley Hennessey, an interactive game that allows the general public to understand the challenges of those with living with autism.

Merit: The Mass Platform, invented by Rory Wade and Joseph Fergusson, solves the suspension issue faced by many 4 wheeled robots. The mechanism enables the robots to maintain 4 contact points with the ground when maneuvering over obstacles one third of the robot’s height.

Merit: Tolka, created by Eito Kito, Quincy Kusnady, Ahmed Al-Dulimi, TaeYoung Ham, Matthew Van Bueren and Raj Pandya, a web and mobile application which allows speakers of two or more languages to become an interpreter and to interpret for anyone.

Undergraduate Tertiary Students

Winner: RMIT University’s VICHyper Hyperloop Team have designed an innovative transportation system that offers travel speeds similar to aircraft speeds (560 km/hr), but maintains the benefits of rail transportation.

Merit: University of Tasmania’s Digitran team developed a unique mobile platform that digitises the capture, collection and collation of sustainable transportation survey data via two mobile applications, that feeds into an online database and portal.

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