March 23, 2007

The judges of the second annual Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge, a national competition searching for America’s next great invention idea, have picked a sleep apnea detection device as a semi-finalist. Inventors David T. Krausman, PhD, research scientist, principal investigator, and bio-medical engineer, Baltimore, Md, and Richard P. Allen, PhD, call their device the DeSat Counter. It is a miniature, portable medical instrument that detects sleep apnea by measuring the oxygen level present in the blood.

The contest—which is named in part for Modern Marvels, The History Channel’s series on US ingenuity and innovation—tapped a panel of inventors, technologists, and industry experts to determine the top 25 inventions among the nearly 2,500 ideas submitted. Between May 15 and May 17, the Challenge will name one of these 25 semi-finalists as the 2007 Modern Marvel of the Year during Modern Marvels: Great Inventions Week on The History Channel.