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Yorktown Seniors Place First at Microsoft Image Cup Finals Only High School Students to Compete

Yorktown Seniors Place First at Microsoft Image Cup Finals Only High School Students to Compete Yorktown High School Coding Club members Brandon Peck, Ji Seok Lee, and Evan Cater placed first in the World Citizenship category yesterday at the Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. National Finals in San Francisco. This team of students competed against university level opponents to win $4,000 and one of three spots at the Imagine Cup World Finals, which will be held at Microsoft in Seattle from on July 27-31. The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a global technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications and integrate solutions that can change the way we live, work and play. The YHS Coding Club developed “Project Mercury,” a product that uses a combination of motion detecting-cameras, infrared sensors, and communication technologies to remotely and non-intrusively detect a person who may be unconscious or incapacitated and in need of medical attention. By analyzing heart rate, blood pressure, and velocity at which one may fall; emergency responders are alerted, if any irregularities are detected. The team utilizes the Kinect v2 for a robust, non-intrusive system of protection and safety.