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Korea embedded system aims to fight world hunger

Posted: 19 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:South Korea Wafree? Imagine Cup winner? embedded system?

Everything that the world may become someday lies in the hands of young people today. As they look at the road ahead, their close relationship with technology enables them to dream in ways we never have before. Put the two together, and you have young minds holding the tools that can make their vision a reality.

This is the recipe that inspired Microsoft Corp. to create the Imagine Cup Student Competition. The contest encourages young people to apply their imagination, passion and technology innovations to make a difference in the world today. Now in its eighth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues. These challenges are tied in with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. They seek to address issues like hunger, education, child mortality, gender equality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS and malaria, environmental sustainability and a global partnership. The teams can address any of these challenges by competing in any of the competition's four categories: Software Design, Game Design, Digital Media and IT Challenge.

With Imagine Cup 2009 theme "Imagine a world where technology solves the world's toughest problems," the Embedded Development category challenged the students to develop their own embedded device that will help solve world's toughest problems. It challenges students to go beyond the PC desktop and work with both hardware and software to build an embedded solution using Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 and the provided embedded platform.

South Korea's Wafree (World, Africa Free) team placed first in the Embedded Development Invitational. The team, composed of Sinsang Yu, Shin Yoon-Ji, Ki-Bum Kim and Young-Bu Park, aspires to make the world, especially African community, free from famine. With this they sought to provide a solution for world hunger, one of United Nation Millennium Development Goals. They created a totally automated embedded system for breeding Lucanidaes (stag beetle) or using a computer to easily and productively raise Lucanidaes for food.

The basic concept was to breed Lucanidae in an automated embedded system for food. The Lucanidae can naturally migrate to a suitable environment, allowing it to survive in hot and dry surroundings like Africa. The system's basic architecture is a common Server/Client architecture. In line with recent trend, its management system consists of Web-based system using Silverlight and Internet Information Services (IIS) and the client-server communication uses XML-based protocol.

The Wafree's basic system architecture consists of Web-based system using Silverlight and IIS.

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