Eduardo Torrealba, CEO of Oso Technologies, has won the 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for Innovation.
Oso Technologies' first product is Plant Link, which monitors the moisture needs of specific plants and can deliver water on an as needed basis using smart valves. The technology has many other applications and the outlook for growth is quite positive.
The company also recently won the Student Startup Award from Innovation Celebration, and has received worldwide press the result of a recent successful Kickstarter campaign.
Oso Technologies has a lab in EnterpriseWorks, the technology incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park. Oso becomes the third current tenant to have won the prize, joining the founders of bump and IntelliWheels.
Another Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize finalist with ties to the Research Park is Lucas Smith, co-founder of BioAnalytics, which also is a tenant at EnterpriseWorks.