Duluth Company Wins Tech Competition

By KBJR News 1

September 3, 2010 Updated Sep 3, 2010 at 7:31 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. --- A Duluth company recently took top honors in Minnesota's biggest technology competition.

GeaCom of Duluth has been designing and manufacturing the Phrazer here in the Northland for the past 4 years.

The revolutionary device helps connect doctors and patients who speak different languages.

Patients simply use the touch screen to communicate, while a doctor collects their information and medical history as well as symptoms and complaints.

On Wednesday, the Phrazer was awarded first place in the "High Tech" category of the Minnesota Cup, the state's largest technology competition.

"The ladies and gentlemen who look at this are successful business people from all over the state and all over the country; and having them give it a thorough review and come to the same conclusion that we've come to — that this is the right product, the right time, and the right way — it is a very exciting piece for us," said Mat Johnson, the company's founder.

Next week the Phrazer will compete for the overall title in the Minnesota Cup, going up against inventions in five other categories.

The prize package is worth over 100–thousand dollars.

Posted by Matt Standal