STMicroelectronics has launched a design contest which invites final-year engineering students from two institutions to develop innovative applications using ST's iNEMO smart multi-sensor technology, announced the semiconductor manufacturer today.
The two participating institutions are the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The 2012 iNEMO Design Contest offers a top prize of S$10,000 to the winning team, evaluated on functionality, practicality, implementation, creativity, presentation and final demonstration.
The company says its iNEMO is a unique evaluation and development tool that offers up to 10 degrees of freedom, using combinations of three-axis linear acceleration, three-axis angular rate and three-axis motion sensing through a magnetic field, together with barometric/altitude readings, managed by an STM32 32-bit microcontroller.
"Advanced sensor technologies are important in enhancing the apps we have in all our personal devices," said Prof Loh Ai Poh, deputy head of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. "This contest is a great opportunity for our students to use leading-edge sensors to design creative apps that improve our interaction with the physical world."
"Sensing technology has enabled your smartphone to know your movements and is the technology responsible for the physical excitement of motion-based video games," said Patrick Boulaud, STMicroelectronics regional vice president, Analog, MEMS and Sensor, Greater China and South Asia Region. "Sensors have the potential to augment many aspects of human and technology interaction, particularly in quality-of-life enhancement. We are challenging these students to think out-of-the-box and create new applications in lifestyle, recreation, healthcare and wellness, using the most advanced sensor technology available today."
The iNEMO Design Contest will run in parallel to the final-year project of participating students, according a statement by ST. The electronics company will sponsor the iNEMO boards, documentation, software drivers, and technical support, as well as cover third-party costs for the projects. The students will submit their projects to the contest for judging in May 2013.
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