This years Microsoft’s Imagine Cup calls on young programmers, artists and technologists around the world to “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.” The finalists have been chosen and are set to meet in Paris, France next week for the World Finals, July 3-8.
The Windows for Devices website has an excellent summary of the contest to date, including these two projects that combine GPS and sensors for a Sensor Web application for environmental monitoring.
Team Aero@PUT has “Eopteron,” a small remote-controlled electric helicopter. Equipped with accelerometers, a compass, an altimeter, GPS, a thermal imaging camera, and other equipment, this would be used to “monitor dynamic environmental processes” over a variety of landscapes.
Team CUBE has its APSLS (automatic polluting source locating system), designed to prevent factories from discharging illegal waste. The project includes a network of PH sensors and GPRS modules, to be placed along a river where potentially polluting factories are located.
It’s great to see a contest that pushes the development of embedded systems that can have an immediate impact on the environment. These projects, and others in this category, are imaginative and innovative, using technologies that can be implemented today.