Western Washington University junior Justin Lund recently won the Gold Award at the 2009 Northwest Design Invitational for invention.
Lund, an Industrial Design major from Waterloo, Iowa, designed a timer that helps children monitor their computer use. BEEP helps deter arguments about getting off the computer by reminding kids how long it’s been and putting the computer to sleep after a set amount of time.
BEEP plugs into one of the USB ports and then perches on the back of the computer. For a half-hour session, BEEP starts with its “eyes” open and then starts getting bored around 15 minutes. At that point, BEEP’s eyes start glancing around the room. Around 25 minutes, BEEP’s eyes droop, signaling that time is almost up.
At the end of 30 minutes, BEEP “falls asleep” and puts the computer into sleep mode.
Lund competed against students from 9 other states and 3 Canadian provinces.