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Texas State Innovation Lab

Texas State University Innovation Lab and Reception
@ SXSW Interactive Festival
Austin, TX

An exclusive look at game-changing technology created by our inspired student inventors, the lab featured how our corporate partners are helping to take these new ideas to the marketplace. From biometric authentication and virtual reality to recyclable fabric and apps to help resolve child obesity issues, Texas State student research is solving real-world problems.

Biometric AuthenticationPresenting Innovation Lab Teams

Biometric Authentication and Eye Fatigue Detection Using Eye Movements

College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science
Faculty Member: Dr. Oleg Komogortsev
Student Team Member: Dillon Lohr
Corporate Sponsors: Google, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The team’s advanced sensor tracks the user’s unique eye movements to provide better digital security than passwords or even fingerprint IDs. Eye movements can also be used to measure fatigue and tell users when to take a break from a video game or warn a driver that it’s time to pull over.

ecoBOLT Fabric  ecoBOLT Fabrics – Feel the Future

  Ingram School of Engineering, Department of   Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization
  Faculty Member: Dr. Gary W. Beall
  Student Team Members: Mariana Ocampo, Christopher Manspeaker, Patricia Gomez

Utilizing no water and only two chemicals to produce innovative biodegradable, recyclable, water repellent fabrics, the team’s product can be used to manufacture everyday apparel. Consumers can donate clothing items back to ecoBOLT to be reused and create new clothing items. Feel the fabric of the future.

Nabaco: A Novel Coating TechniqueNabaco coating technique

Ingram School of Engineering, Department of Material Science and Engineering and Commercialization
Faculty Member: Dr. Gary W. Beall
Student Team Members: Maedeh Amiri, Conor Brantley, Hector Marroquin

Nabaco has found a cost-saving solution to prevent water vapor and oxygen from leaking into packages and fruit. The raw materials used for a novel coating technique are transparent and have excellent barrier properties to prevent permeation and protect products from deterioration such as corrosion, rot, moisture absorption, drying and oxidation. Patented and FDA-approved, the novel coating is flame retardant and can be applied to fresh fruit for safe consumption.

Weather map  Internet of Things

  Ingram School of Engineering
  Faculty Members: Dr. George Koutitas and Dr. Stan McClellan
  Student Team Members: Venkateshwaran Ramachandran and
  Jeschel Jabez Sugumar Sunthar Jesudian
  Corporate Partners: NXP

Three projects showcase the Internet of Things, a system of computing devices with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network. The portable and battery-operated Smart Weather Station can easily monitor microclimate conditions in a smart city or rural area or an indoor environment using wireless transmission techniques. Gridmates provides a cloud platform that connects givers of energy with people in need. Another project focuses on Finding a Vehicle due to theft by combining sensors, GPS locators and other smart devices wirelessly to data and telecom infrastructure.

App-Abling: Mobile Apps to Resolve Child Obesity IssuesMobile apps

School of Art and Design
Faculty Members: Hannah Park
Student Team Members: Victoria Salinas, Megan Ducote, Luke Burress, Hector De Leon Morquecho, Taylor Branch, Ali Hubicsak, Christian Nicholas Valle, Chris Flores, Cesar Najera Romero
Corporate Partner: Upstream

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, child obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. To resolve child obesity issues, the App-Abling team, in partnership with Upstream, an Austin-based design consulting firm, proposes a series of mobile applications to help not only children with obesity problems but also their parents and social workers.

Calculation Tool  Online Commuting Cost Calculation Tool

  McCoy College of Business
  Faculty Member: Dr. Janet Hale
  Student Team Members: Nikita Demidov, M. Austin Andrus, Edgar Borjas, Pillar Keprta, Russell Reed
  Corporate Partners: Rocky Mountain Institute, City of Austin, City of San Marcos

This team aims to establish a connection in commuting and traffic tying it to drivers’ bank accounts and the environment. Armed with a commuting database and maps, the calculation tool hits drivers with the true cost of commuting to and from work with individual cars and could convince more people to seek alternate modes of transportation such as Wi-Fi-equipped buses, and businesses could invest in a small fleet of cars for employees. The impact is limitless.

Texas Education AtlasTexas Education Atlas

College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Member: Dr. Lawrence Estaville
Student Team Members: Mark Deka, Neliralda Silva, Kanika Verma
Corporate Partners: Texas Department of Geography and Texas Atlas Project

The atlas is a comprehensive, interactive, web-based research and learning tool, compiling data from every Texas school district and public and private university in Texas, with tools to suit K-12 students as well as policymakers, researchers and journalists.

Virtual Reality  Attention Driver! A Simulation

  School of Social Work
  Faculty Member: Dr. Scott Smith
  Student Team Member: David Morley
  Corporate Partner: Virtual Reality Technology Lab at Texas State

This educational and potentially life-saving virtual reality experience highlights the dangers of distracted driving. Using a smartphone and the Oculus Rift-powered simulator triggers potential accidents in realistic driving scenarios.


For questions or more information, contact Jose Beceiro, director of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships, at 512.245.8215 or

2016 Innovation Lab

2016 Innovation Lab at SXSW Interactive Festival

Students presented their research projects and products in March 2016.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

This virtual reality experience highlights the dangers of distracted driving.

Networked Weather Station

Networked Weather Station

This station transmits temperature, wind speed, direction and other data over a Thread network to a cloud server.