Kinect-powered workplace monitor wins tech contest

A system that uses the Microsoft Kinect video game sensor to monitor workplace lighting and ventilation conditions paves the way for a team of George Brown College students to a technology design competition in Sydney, Australia.

Team Greeni, from George Brown College, won the software design category Microsoft Canada’s 2012 Imagine Cup Canada. This year’s six finalists came from high schools and post-secondary schools across Canada in two categories – software design and Windows Phone 7 game design.

George Brown students Timur Sharaftinov, Alecsander Granger, Vasily Gurin, and Dmitry Zhivotovsky created a solution to help save energy.

Called Greeni, their solution uses Microsoft Kinect, light and carbon dioxide sensors and programming logic in the cloud on Windows Azure to monitor workspaces and determine when lighting and ventilation systems should be active. A pilot project in their school lab produced energy savings.

“Great ideas don’t accomplish much if they remain on paper,” says team mentor Leo Salemi, a faculty member from the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at George Brown College. “I’m very proud of Team Greeni and we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to showcase how we used technology to turn our ideas into reality at Imagine Cup 2012 in Australia.”

The Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals takes place from July 6 to 10 in Sydne, where the winners from each local software design competition and the top 10 international finalists in the Windows 7 Game Design category will compete for global titles.

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