IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2006 â€“ Following on the success from last yearâ€™s contest, Lantronix (Nasdaq: LTRX) continues to lead device networking innovation by announcing its second annual Wireless Design Contest. With more categories and larger cash prizes, this contest challenges engineers worldwide to use their imaginations to wirelessly network-enable a machine or device using Lantronix WiPortâ„¢, an embedded 802.11 b/g wireless Device Serverâ„¢.
To qualify for nearly $20,000 in prizes, contestants must register their product on the Lantronix Web site and submit a working prototype board design complete with a documented summary of the project and its operation.
All entries must be received on or before March 1, 2007 and winners will be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference (April 3-7, 2007) in San Jose, Calif. First place will receive $6,000; second place, $4,000; and third place, $2,000. Additional awards will be given for the best entry from a student or educational institute, one using the lowest power usage and one utilizing 802.11 b/g and Ethernet-swappable combination.
Contest entries will be judged on technical merit, originality, business value, cost-effectiveness and design optimization. For the full list of contest rules and the online entry form, please visit: www.lantronix.com/info/wirelesscontest/rules.html
â€œLast yearâ€™s competition was hard fought with a variety of compelling wireless applications,â€ said Chris Preston, senior vice president of marketing for Lantronix. â€œWe received several hundred entries that ranged from a pool monitoring system to a computer-enabled RoombaÂ® vacuum cleaner.â€
In the end, the top prize went to Keith Emery with his eLAWNâ„¢ programmable sprinkler controller, which automatically controls the watering schedule based on environmental conditions from virtually any computer anywhere in the world â€“ a perfect tool for the busy traveler.
â€œThis contest is a great catalyst to drive the creativity of product design engineers to solve real-world problems and create new market opportunities,â€ continued Preston.
For a list of last yearâ€™s contest winners and photos of some of last yearâ€™s concepts, please visit: www.lantronix.com/info/wirelesscontest/wdc-winners.ht ml.