SR Instruments of Tonawanda, NY, has been in the scale business for more than 40 years, designing and manufacturing customized weighing equipment for hospitals and medical centers, veterinary practices, zoos and aquariums, and water parks. The small company is continually working to broaden its worldwide presence by investing in the time-consuming process of exploring new ideas. One notion – an all-in-one device that electronically records a person’s vital signs and other body functions – has been discussed for years. When company leaders turned serious about the concept aimed at streamlining patient data collection at doctor and home healthcare visits, they needed someone with a blank slate, no tribal knowledge, problem-solving abilities and biological/medical insight to research the non-invasive technology market. Their choice: a University at Buffalo biomedical engineering graduate student.