Want Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant? Combine Devices, Sensors And The Cloud

first_imgAfter a user enters some basic information about the child, such as the date of birth, the app asks the parent or doctor to hold the stethoscope up to eight points on the child’s chest, “listening” and then uploading the sound file to the cloud. An algorithm then determines whether or notthe child has pneumonia, and advises a course of treatment.That same approach was used to develop Winsenga, which combines a high-performance microphone placed within a Pinard horn, rural Africa’s answer to the stethoscope. Without access to ultrasound machines, doctors and nurses have to rely on their own ears to determine if a fetus is alive, and what problems there might be. The app listens to the heartbeat, diagnoses any problems and issues an alert if needed. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Microsoft#startups 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Rival navigation systems, according to Brueggemann, are reactive: a driver’s GPS device encounters a traffic jam, reports it, is rerouted, possibly encounters another traffic jam, and the process repeats itself. What Nunav attempts to do, he said, was to proactively assign drivers to side streets, so that every driver wasn’t trying to fit through the same high-speed bottlenecks. (It’s worth noting that Graphmasters’ examples focused on cities, where a number of relatively equal alternative routes present themselves.)“A reactive system routes drivers around traffic jams that already exist, and when the traffic jam exists, you already have the problem,” Bruggemann said.All Nunav needs is about 1% of the cars on the road to communicate and respond to create a detailed traffic overview, and about 10% of the GPS infrastructure. “The strategy we’re making is to get our service into the navigation systems alrady in the market, because once we do that it will be very easy to get 10% of users,” Bruggemann said. That doesn’t necessarily mean only Windows Phones, but all GPS devices.And what’s the business model? It’s a new one: Nunav charges for the accelerated route. Yes, it’s only $.10 or so, which Graphmasters promises will be made up for by reduced stress.Stethocloud And WinsengaThe same strategy – the cloud plus a device – drove the introduction of Stethocloud, a nifty app developed by four students from Australia. The team created a digital stethoscope that could be plugged into the audio jack of a smartphone. The goal is to help diagnose and treat pneumonia.  Team Vivid from Egypt and Team QuadSquad from Ukraine each won $50,000 to form companies that can access healthcare records from mobile devices, as well as help disabled individuals speak more effectively.The message here is clear: Microsoft is looking for developers focused on using devices as a local sensor and tapping into the cloud for specialized intelligence and additional computing horsepower. Whether it’s Microsoft technology talking to Microsoft services, or something like Symbian talking to an Amazon Web Services hosted application running within Amazon’s cloud, the company sees the combination of local sensors and back-end intelligence as a powerful trend it wants to encourage. Microsoft’s Imagine Cup rewards student innovators with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, the chance to network with other entrepreneurs and valuable experience. But to develop those skills into a viable business can require additional funding, and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant winners, announced Tuesday, now have that.Team Graphmasters of Germany walked away with $100,000 in cash, which the company will use to develop a navigation system using Windows Phone and Microsoft’s cloud technology, Windows Azure. Team Stethocloud placed second, walking away with a $50,000 prize for its mobile-hybrid stethoscope that can be used to detect childhood pneumonia via the cloud.See the similarities? The company is funding startups that combine a client sensor, like a phone, with the combined knowledge of the cloud. In fact, every team that Microsoft funded combined a Windows Phone with Windows Azure.According to a Microsoft representative, each team was judged based on four criteria:Project impact and viability (40%), including whether or not the solution would be technically and economically viable.Team quality and motivation (30%), concerning how the team is structured, and how capable it appears to be to overcome obstacles.Solution design (20%), or how novel the solutuion is.Defining the problem (10%), or how broad the problem that the team is solving actually is.Imagine Cup Grants are a three-year, $3 million competitive grants program that provides opportunity for young people by helping them realize their vision of bringing their technology enabled projects to life, according to Microsoft. Grant recipients receive funding, access to resources and support to help them create a business or nonprofit organization. The Imagine Cup Grants are part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years.Graphmasters: Solving Traffic Problems, CollaborativelyAccording to Christian Brueggemann, who is involved in the technical development of the algorithms behind Team Graphmasters, the company began life as an academic project, natch, which competed in the Imagine Cup about four years ago.The company’s first product – originally dubbed “Greenway” and now known as “Nunav,” uses a combination of cloud services and devices not to route drivers to their destination via the shortest, most optimized route, but to send them along a variety of paths to minimize total congestion. That, in turn, can cut the amount of time all drivers spend idling in traffic, reducing congestion and the corresponding increase in greenhouse gases from wasted gas. In a hypothetical example, one car can produce 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year – enough that a forest of 200 trees would be needed to consume it all. In total, the CO2 output from the world’s cars would require a forest the size of Australia. markhachmanlast_img read more

Goa Lokayukta examining possibility of suo motu disproportionate assets complaint against CM

first_imgGoa Lokayukta Justice (retd.) P.K.Misra is examining if the documents submitted by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues pertaining to the alleged disproportionate assets accumulated by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant could be taken as a suo motu complaint, sources in the Lokayukta Secretariat confirmed to The Hindu on Wednesday.Mr. Rodrigues on Monday had placed before the Lokayukta a copy of the documents obtained by him from the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act pertaining to the February 20, 2017 complaint filed by Sudip Tamhankar, a local RTI activist against then MLA Pramod Sawant. Mr. Sawant was the Chairman of the State-owned Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), and the complaint alleged that he had acquired disproportionate assets, accusing him of cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.Sources in the Lokayukta Secretariat on the condition of anonymity said that the complaint by Mr. Rodrigues is not in the appropriate form but just forwarded all the documents obtained by Mr. Tamhankar through RTI. As the said document cannot be taken as a complaint, the Lokayukta is examining the documents to see if it could be taken up as a suo motu case. Mr. Rodrigues, in his letter, drew the attention of the Lokayukta that a mere perusal of the noting sheets processing the complaint against Mr. Sawant demonstrates that the ACB — which has been hounding Opposition politicians — had on directions of the then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shielded Mr. Sawant from a probe.Former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on 16th June 2018, while he was ailing, gave his consent to close the complaint without conducting a probe.In that documented complaint, Mr. Sawant was accused of buying properties in the name of a partnership firm M/s Jay Ganesh Developers and Associates set up by him in 2014 as a front with Ranjit Rohidas Mangaonkar, Rupesh Narayan Thanekar, and Rajesh Manohar Shirodkar as the other three partners.In the complaint, the ACB was given details of 24 sale deeds executed within a span two years by Pramod Sawant’s partnership firm at the office of the Sub-Registrar in Bicholim in North Goa.Amongst the properties purchased by Pramod Sawant’s partnership firm was land measuring 16,480 sq.m. in Bordem at Bicholim for ₹1.31 crore and another 19,989 sq.m. also at Bordem for an amount of ₹1.23 crore.last_img read more

India underlines rising sporting prowess in Asiad

first_imgA month after producing their best-ever show in the Commonwealth Games, India underlined its rising sporting prowess by bagging the biggest madal haul in the Asian Games which concluded in Guangzhou on Saturday.India, who finished sixth on Friday with 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for a record 64-medal haul, maintained that position after the end of Saturday’s events.China ended on top with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze (total 416), followed by South Korea (76-65-91) and Japan (48-74-94) at second and third respectively.India’s best medal haul in the Asian Games till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in New Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57.India had finished 10th in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, where the country ended fifth with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.But a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here. In fact, Kazakhstan finished higher than India at fifth in Guangzhou.The 14 gold India won in Guangzhou is the second best after the inaugural edition in 1951 in New Delhi where the country finished second with 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze for a total medal haul of 51. The 1951 Games was though contested by just 11 countries whereas the 16th edition here had seen 45 nations competing.advertisementIndia had also been improving in their medal haul in the last five Asian Games, having won 22 medals (4-3-15) in 1994 Hiroshima, 35 (7-11-17) in 1998 Bangkok, 35 (10-12-13) in 2002 Busan and 53 (10-17-26) fours years ago in Doha.The record medal tally of 64 in the Asian Games came a month after India won 101 medals (39-26-36) to finish second ahead of the likes of England and Canada in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Out of the 14 gold India won in Guangzhou, the highest number of five came from athletics and two each were won in boxing, kabbadi and tennis and one each from shooting, cue sports and rowing.Just like in many earlier editions of the Asian Games, athletics contributed the lions share in Indian’s number of gold medals in this addition also.AC Ashwini (400m hurdles and women’s 4×400 relay) and tennis star Somdev Devvarman (men’s singles and doubles) won two gold medals while Preeja Sreedharan bagged a gold and a silver — in women’s 10,000m and 5000m respectively.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Superstore

first_imgIn association with our Official Kit Partner O’Neills, our brand new range of t-shirts, polo shirts, vests and squad tops have now landed at the Saints Superstore.The new range is crafted around the incredibly popular 2019 away shirt colour scheme of bright blue, navy and grey.The range also features the return of an old classic – the Saints Stickman, which is displayed on the chest of some of the key pieces of the range.The lightweight garments are ideal for Summer holidays, weekends out or for exercising and also can mix and match with pieces from the current 2019 main Trainingwear range.The range is available in limited stock levels from Small through to 4XL.A limited selection of the new range is also available in children’s sizes.You can shop the range both in store at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here.,The new range is crafted around the incredibly popular 2019 away shirt colour scheme of bright blue, navy and grey.The range also features the return of an old classic – the Saints Stickman, which is displayed on the chest of some of the key pieces of the range.The lightweight garments are ideal for Summer holidays, weekends out or for exercising and also can mix and match with pieces from the current 2019 main Trainingwear range.The range is available in limited stock levels from Small through to 4XL.A limited selection of the new range is also available in children’s sizes.You can shop the range both in store at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here.last_img read more