Windows Phone is a powerful operating system, but the students at Imagine Cup have explored and applied a feature of it – SAPER – to save precious human lives. Detection by SAPER of landmines by measuring the magnetic field around the explosive device is a big application to save humans.
The Phenomenal application was analyzed, developed and applied by the students of Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland. SAPER – Sensor Amplified Perception for Explosives Recognition – is a Polish term used for the minesweeper.
How it can be put to Work
Magnetometer, typically designed to provide compass like functionality in the phone, is being adopted to detect the magnetic field around explosives. A baseline of the your surrounding environment, you wish to inspect, is selected with a 30cm grid around it and is connected to the cloud to diagnose and identify the disturbances measured by the sensor match up to documented explosive devices.
Will this simple application replace dedicated and high tech mine detection devices but, at least, Windows Phone device is far easily accessible device as compared to a typical mine detection tool.
Presently, as landmines are posing a major threat to human lives in some parts of the World and it is becoming increasingly a problem to lay hands on expensive mine detection instruments, will this simple mobile phone help locate explosives and save lives.
This application of the Windows Phone was developed for the World finals of Imagine Cup competition to be held in July.