Case Western Reserve and the Human Element of Tech

Overview Case Western Reserve University returned to the all-digital CES® 2021 for its eighth year exhibiting, showcasing a slate of new tech innovations from students, faculty and alumni, including 3D printed violins, haptic-included augment reality and more.

Innovative university teams join us at CES® every year to put visionary technology creations and advancements on display and showcase the work of bright students, faculty and alumni.

Marking the eighth year it has exhibited at CES, Case Western Reserve University featured 18 exhibitors at the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, showing new tech in music, COVID-19 tracking, augmented reality and more.

“[At Case Western], we are going deeper and researching, developing and marketing important applications for humankind,” said SCRU LaunchNet Directory Bob Sopko.

Many of the innovations on display at CES 2021 from the university emphasize this more human element.

Explore three of the CES 2021 exhibitors from Case Western Reserve University.


Human Fusions Institute – NeuroReality

The Human Fusions Institute (HFI) of Case Western Reserve are creating NeuroReality, a virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) system that also allows the user to feel another person, regardless of distance.

“In 2020, COVID-19 has forced everyone to social distance, but we have seen the toll this can take on individuals and communities,” said Dustin Tyler, director of the functional neural interface lab and the HFI.

NeuroReality interacts with the user’s nervous system, allowing the brain to process the intended movements and connecting in a new way to create feeling through haptic feedback.


3D Music

Violins are an expensive investment for many families and those that are not may often lack the right sound quality. A Case Western Reserve graduate student and alumnus partnered to design their quarter-size 3D-printed violins that are more affordable.

The instruments are 3D-printed from a plastic that is chemically stable and thermally resistant, allowing them to more likely maintain their tune even after being exposed to heat or cold.

The quarter-size was designed to fit the smaller hands of younger violin players.


Reflexion Interactive

Reflexion Interactive returned to CES to emphasize connected neuro-fitness technology to improve athletic performance.

The Reflexion Edge is a cognitive screening and brain training devise that helps set a baseline for cognitive abilities and trains the user to improve speed and memory. With a touchscreen lightboard and data analytics, Reflexion strengthens abilities such as peripheral vision, reaction time, decision making and hand-eye coordination.

It can also be applied for physical rehabilitation and allows doctors to track changes for patients and keep patients engaged and informed of their own progress.


Learn more about other CES 2021 exhibitors from Case Western Reserve University, including a space-age alloy making non-rubber tires, a fabric sensor and many more.

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