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MINI Z X-Ray Imager

Winner - Gold

Competition: Spark:Product
Designer: Evan Gant - Senior Designer
Design Type:
Company / Organization / School: Altitude
Team Members: Joongoo Lee (Designer), Philip Leung (Director, UX Design), Cindy Weflen (Senior Engineer), Drew Blouch (Senior Engineer), Paul Gregory (Engineer)

The MINI Z system from AS&E is the world’s first handheld Backscatter X-ray imaging system. It provides effective detection of organic threats, contraband, and explosives for public safety, customs and border enforcement, and security officials. The compact, single-sided device is used to scan objects in hard-to-reach areas, allowing for the effective screening of a wide variety of items, such as suspicious bags, walls, furniture, small boats, aircraft, vehicle tires, and car interiors. The MINI Z uses the same technology as in top-selling X-ray inspection systems housed in vehicles, yet has been miniaturized for handheld use. Using AS&E’s signature Z Backscatter technology, the MINI Z system produces a real-time image of the scan target, highlighting organic materials that other X-ray systems can miss.