Sunday, March 8, 2015

Los Altos Town Crier - Robert Showen - Los Altos Scientist and Inventor of the Year 2014

I suggested reading Los Altos scientist named inventor of the year 2014 for a story on how US patents can play a role in a tech startup.

The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association named Robert Showen for his inventions for ShotSpotter Inc. (now SST Inc.), a gunfire alert and analysis company, which has set up a vast network of microphones that detect gunfire, record the audio, map the location and send alerts to local patrol officers. It had a humble beginning with a computer on the grand piano connected to the rest of the prototype set up in rooms of his house, but is now a system implemented in 90 cities across the United States to reduce gun violence.

"'It was sort of a shot out of the blue,' Showen said of the honor. 'I hadn’t expected it.'"

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