Rohde & Schwarz start competition to find the R&S Scope Rider's most innovative use
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

Rohde & Schwarz today launched a competition to find the most innovative use for its recently announced R&S Scope Rider, a rugged portable oscilloscope with lab performance.

Ten shortlisted entrants will each receive a GoPro Hero4 silver camera to make a video of their idea and the overall winner will receive a R&S Scope Rider.

To start the event, Rohde & Schwarz launched a R&S Scope Rider into space. After a flight of two and a half hours at up to 32km in temperatures of -60°C, the instrument was still fully operational. A ten-minute documentary of the flight can be viewed online.


“Since launching R&S Scope Rider, customers have come to us with no end of really different ways in which they are using the instrument, so we decided to start a thorough search for the most unusual or innovative applications," said Steven Edwards, director sales operations and marketing at Rohde & Schwarz UK. "The instrument has been rigorously tested by Rohde & Schwarz. It is now in the hands of our customers and we are asking them to tell us 'how would you use it?'.

“We believe the ruggedness, robustness and performance of R&S Scope Rider will open it to a whole host of new applications. We came up with the space flight as an unusual use of our own and we’ve put it on video. The team at Rohde & Schwarz now want to see as many innovative ideas as possible.”

As a first step, entrants just need to write a brief description of how they would use Scope Rider. A panel of Rohde & Schwarz judges will select the 10 most unusual or innovative entries and each will receive a runners-up prize of a GoPro Hero4 silver camera which is theirs to keep. They will also be provided with a R&S Scope Rider on loan and be invited to create their own 2-minute video demonstrating the idea. All videos will be released on the Rohde & Schwarz Facebook page and other social media channels. Finally, one lucky winner will be selected based on a combination of social media reaction and the judges’ final opinion. The winner will be presented with the star prize of a R&S Scope Rider.

Entries are open from today, 1 June 2016 and the first stage will close on 1 August. Full details of the competition are available in a two-minute video.



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