Photos: Battling for Microsoft's Imagine Cup - from RoboNanny to augmented reality

Photos: Battling for Microsoft's Imagine Cup - from RoboNanny to augmented reality

Summary: Smart meters, green driving tech and intelligent carpets all make an appearance as students fight to solve world's problems

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  • Smart meters, green driving tech and intelligent carpets all make an appearance as students fight to solve world's problems

    Each year, Microsoft stages the Imagine Cup, a contest that sees students vying to solve global problems through IT.

    The competition tasks them with developing technology that could help solve some of the world's most pressing problems such as tackling disease, improving education, protecting the environment, boosting sustainability and reducing child mortality.

    This year's competition - the eighth Microsoft has run - attracted entries from 325,000 high school, college and university students from 113 countries.

    Students from 70 countries across the world reached the Imagine Cup World Finals in Warsaw, Poland last week.

    One of the categories in the competition was embedded development, in which developers use Microsoft Windows Embedded software to turn their ideas into reality.

    The final six projects in the embedded development category consisted of teams from France, Korea, Romania, Russia, Taiwan and the UK, all competing for a $25,000 prize.

    Shown above are the winning team from Taiwan.

    Photo credit: Microsoft

  • The team from Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University created Smarter Meter, a system designed to improve home smart meters that records power consumption and lets users know which of their appliances is using the most energy.

    The system uses cloud computing technology as well as Windows Mobile and Windows 7.

    According to Microsoft, more than a third of the projects shown in Warsaw made use of Microsoft's cloud platform, Windows Azure.

    Photo credit: Microsoft

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Topics: Apps, Software Development

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