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KAIST to Host the Wearable Computer Contest
KAIST is hosting the ‘Wearable Computer Contest (WCC) 2017’ as a part of the Daejeon Science Festival from October 21 to 24 at Expo Park. This is the 13th contest in which college students can manufacture wearable computers on their own by combining their innovative ideas with state-of-art technology. The total of 60 teams will participate in the contest. The winning team will receive a prize from the Minister of ICT and Science with a 3,000,000 won cash prize. ‘Wearable computers’ are devices worn on clothing so that users can have easier access to a computer. Recently, devices linked to smart phones are drawing significant attention because they allow users to conveniently experience various internet-based services. “More recently, industries have shown a great interest in Artificial Intelligence as well as wearable computers. The Wearable Computer Contest will play a leading role in discovering talented people for the preparation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Professor Hoi-Jun Yoo from the School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST as well as the committee president of the WCC. “Daejeon will become a hub that encourages youths’ creativity for developing future technology,” he added. With the mission of using Virtual Reality, this contest will showcase creative entries that applied VR devices. For more information about the contest, please visit the event website at http://www.ufcom.org.
KAIST Hosts the Wearable Computer Contest 2015
Deadlines for Prototype Contest by May 30, 2015 and August 15 for Idea Contest KAIST will hold the Wearable Computer Contest 2015 in November, which will be sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Wearable computers have emerged as next-generation mobile devices, and are gaining more popularity with the growth of the Internet of Things. KAIST has introduced wearable devices such as K-Glass 2, a smart glass with augmented reality embedded. The Glass also works on commands by blinking eyes. This year’s contest with the theme of “Wearable Computers for Internet of Things” is divided into two parts: the Prototype Competition and Idea Contest. With the fusion of information technology (IT) and fashion, contestants are encouraged to submit prototypes of their ideas by May 30, 2015. The ten teams that make it to the finals will receive a wearable computer platform and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) education, along with a prize of USD 1,000 for prototype production costs. The winner of the Prototype Contest will receive a prize of USD 5,000 and an award from the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) of the Republic of Korea. In the Idea Contest, posters containing ideas and concepts of wearable devices should be submitted by August 15, 2015. The teams that make it to the finals will have to display a life-size mockup in the final stage. The winner of the contest will receive a prize of USD 1,000 and an award from the Minister of MSIP. Any undergraduate or graduate student in Korea can enter the Prototype Competition and anyone can participate in the Idea Contest. The chairman of the event, Hoi-Jun Yoo, a professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST, noted: “There is a growing interest in wearable computers in the industry. I can easily envisage that there will be a new IT world where wearable computers are integrated into the Internet of Things, healthcare, and smart homes.” More information on the contest can be found online at http://www.ufcom.org. Picture: Finalists in the last year’s contest
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