What do new smart phone applications, strawberry jam and a magnetic cello have in common?
Each was a product created and designed by Cal Poly students.
Twenty-four innovations went on display Monday as part of a first-ever, student-run showcase held on campus called “SPECTACLE.”
Cal Poly’s Entrepreneurship Club planned and hosted the event.
“This is a chance for us to gain exposure and work together across disciplines to see how far Cal Poly students can go with their products,” said student Eric Tucker, an event coordinator. “We’re hoping to make this event annual.”
Computer science major Adriel Fuad presented his two new smartphone applications — including a site locator now free for iPhone users called “HelloTranslate.”
The app is available in 11 languages and identifies the names of surrounding buildings, businesses and entertainment venues on a cellphone screen using GPS tracking and other technology.
Across the room, industrial engineering major Tricia Santamaria played the magnetic cello.
The nifty creation by team member David Levi, an electrical engineering major, involves moving a magnetic bow in the space around a copper coil on a wooden frame to induce an electric signal and produce sound.
Levi said the instrument, called Magnetovore, has received 12 reservations from customers already.
Cal Poly’s jam and chocolate makers said they hope to spread their existing products, already sold on campus and at Spencer’s Fresh Market in San Luis Obispo, into more stores.
“We believe that Cal Poly students are some of the most innovative and hard-working in the country, and we wanted to show that off,” said event publicist and journalism major Kristin Kenney.