"Cow Whisperer" Wins Intel® NUC Challenge

Portland college students compete in Intel® Next Unit of Computing (NUC) Challenge

What do cow whisperers and anti-pigs have to do with a technology competition?

Plenty. They were the names of two of the amazing projects that innovative students created using the Intel Next Unit of Computing (Intel® NUC) —a PC that fits in the palm of your hand with the power of a desktop. The Intel NUC Challenge put the Intel® NUC into the hands of 10 teams of college students from the Portland, Oregon area.

Winners of the Inaugural Intel® NUC Challenge

By collecting biometric data that is relayed to ranch headquarters via a drone with a NUC inside, this first place project alerts ranchers to sick cows before its too late.

Second place went to an affordable self-piloting quadcopter. A NUC paired with a Microsoft Kinect* 3D imaging system allows for centralized control.

A project, where a NUC powers a visually-appealing display of network security information complete with music, took third place.

Other Intel® NUC Challenge Participants

Portland Area Colleges Participate

Renjen Su, Dean of Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University (PSU), listens to a participant explain their project.


This project provides oil pipeline sensor data without shutting down the pipeline, emptying the oil, and sending a “pig” through the pipe to investigate potential leaks.

Interactive Treadmill

The focus of this demo was allowing runners to analyze their running form in real time, as well as saving profiles and daily workouts.

NUC Health

Inspired by a frustrated hospital IT administrator, the NUC Health project showed how to deliver real-time information for patient care.

Rocket Network Bridge

Portland State Aerospace Society’s project uses the NUC as an integrated server allowing users to view telemetry and video data directly from the rocket in real time.

Ultimate Home PC Theater

This demo shows how to do away with the need for cable or streaming players, and allows control from your smart phone.


When power and internet access are inconsistent or unavailable, the Uncloud demo offers cloud services.

Viking Motorsports Pit Stop Station

A team from PSU demonstrates how to provide for wireless telemetry and charging of an electric race car.