Robotic sniffer wins Imagine Cup 2008

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Students from Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic university have won this year's Embedded Development invitational challenge of Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2008. Their solar powered robot, dubbed EMS (Environmental Monitoring System), processes air quality on the fly while autonomously navigating indoor and outdoor environments. It then transmits the air's Pollutant Standards Index (PSI), temperature and humidity wirelessly to a remote user.

This year's finals in Paris saw 370 finalists chosen from a pool of more than 200,000 students from over 100 countries and regions competing in nine categories centered around the motto: "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." The yearly event organized by Microsoft and endorsed by the United Nations is one of the largest student technology competitions.

With this year's winners announced, registration has opened for next year's Imagine Cup to be held in Egypt.

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