From guidance belts to ‘green’ lighting, 24 college teams prep for Cornell/Intel tech challenge

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA ADVISORY
Thursday, February 23, 2012

From guidance belts to ‘green’ lighting, 24 college teams prep for Cornell/Intel tech challenge

WHAT:    Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel
WHEN:    Friday, May 4, 2012 and Saturday, May 5, 2012
WHERE:  Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

MEDIA: Reporters, editors and photographers are welcome to cover Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel. Currently, there are preliminary rounds that you may cover. To obtain contact information for local teams, please talk with John Carberry, Cornell Press Office, at johncarberry@cornell.edu, or (607) 255-5353.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Forget canes and guide dogs for the visually impaired, think buzzing belts. Improve your tennis game with assistance from robotic “ball boys.” Reverb like never before with controller touch pads built into guitars, and witness unmanned aircraft vehicles fly “forever” using smart solar technology.

It’s a better world, after all: 24 collegiate teams will compete May 4-5, 2012, at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to make humanity kinder and culture gentler, at the first annual Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, a college-level competition created to provide the newest, innovative applications of embedded technology, computer systems built for specific tasks.

The competition’s web site: http://www.systemseng.cornell.edu/intel/

Based upon the highly successful Intel Cup China that attracts over 26,000 students, the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, was designed to provide an exciting exposition that invites students’ imaginations to construct any design they can dream up and create as the next great embedded technology invention. The competition is being organized by David Schneider of Cornell’s Systems Engineering program; and Byron Gillespie and Kimberly Sills of Intel.

The contest winners get big bank: $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500.

Participating schools: University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Diego, Columbia, Florida Institute of Technology, George Institute of Technology, University of Houston, Howard University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Portland State University, Purdue University, Seattle Pacific University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Southern California, Vermont Technical College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

A sample of team creations: A team from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, is developing a belt that buzzes to help visually impaired people. Students from Howard University, Washington, D.C., are creating a “green” system that regulates the intensity of room lights throughout the day to save energy. Using embedded technology, students from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, are building an autonomous cleaning process to make potable water.

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Media Contact: John Carberry
Phone: (607) 255-5353
E-Mail: johncarberry@cornell.edu