What would you build with an LED strip, a length of conductive thread, and a handful of other cool tech tools? Most people would scratch their heads. But most people aren’t the featured contestants on Qualcomm’s #WhyWait Invent-Off, all of whom are out to prove just how different they are by inventing their way to the next big idea.

After a strong start to the web series — hosted by Jason Silva of Brain Games — the second episode kicks things up a notch. It introduces us to the contestants as they try to settle on a plan to design a cool device that’s both ambitious and realistic given the time and resource constraints. To come out on top, they’ll have to find a way to harness their teammates’ passions and individual areas of expertise. And they’ll have to make innovative use of technology at their disposal – including a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered phone, tablet, or watch — to create something truly exceptional.

As with any reality competition worth its salt, there’s a twist coming. In an upcoming episode, both teams will be tasked with incorporating a mystery item into their invention— and the Powers That Be are asking for your help narrowing the field of potential choices. As you watch the second episode of the Invent-Off, think about which mystery item you want to see thrown into the mix. Then vote below on the one you think will add the most interesting kink in the competition.


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