YETI snow solution, the entertainment and tracking system designed and prototyped by Michał Wojtysiak and Maciej Piotrowski with the support of MIC Torino, has been proclamed the winner of the Bavaria Region Price on 19 October at the European Satellite Navigation Competition in the Allerheiligen Hofkirche of the Munich Residenz.
The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) values especially innovative ideas involving satellite navigation. It gives the opportunity to present and promote innovative ideas, and eventually, to put them into practice. The ESNC is a challenge for companies, scientists and students. Apart from the overall prize, the competition awards several Regional Special Prizes financed by local sponsors, in order to help the winners to begin exploit their ideas. The Bavaria Region Prize, a prize incubation package (valued at EUR 35,000) at the Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO), is sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Imagine you go skiing in the mountains. Suddenly, you feel queasy or pass out and get injured. You need help, but help is not at hand … What if your smartphone could call for help – all by itself?
YETI snow solution is a system which can alert rescue teams or other skiers in multiple ways. Thanks to widespread access to GNSS services and many communication channels, there will be someone to provide instant assistance for you. Even if you are out of GSM range!
Furthermore, to enhance YETI snow attractiveness (especially for younger generation), it offers variety of entertainment services, such as workout tracking, single and multiplayer gaming. High interaction levels between users strengthen the sense of community. In a unique way, YETI combines virtual gaming and search&rescue services. All the user needs, is a smartphone with the YETI application installed.
YETI snow solution is the idea of two polish students, Michał Wojtysiak and Maciej Piotrowski, who spent an Erasmus period at Politecnico di Torino. During their internship here at Microsoft Innovation Center Torino they developed the first YETI prototype.
The system is composed of a Windows Phone 7 application, the core of the project, and a Windows Azure backend, which provides storage capabilities and additional in-browser functionalities. This project is one of the examples of convergences between embedded/phone system and the cloud platform proposed here at MIC Torino.
YETI has been submitted to the European Satellite Navigation Competition and is currently under evaluation.