First place in the 2012 Imagine Cup went to a Ukrainian university team that developed an application that enables deaf people to verbally communicate using sensory gloves and a smartphone.
The sensory gloves include flex sensors that capture finger movements, and this data is transmitted to a microcontroller that normalizes the data and then sends it to a smartphone. The Enable Talk app is designed to correlate hand movement patterns with sounds, which would enable users to communicate with people who do not know sign language.
More than 350 students from 75 countries participated in the competition covering software design, game design, and six other categories. A Japanese team took second place for developing a power-saving system that enables light-emitting diode lamps to communicate with each other and dim automatically if a room has more light than is needed. A Portuguese team finished third with a robotic cart designed to improve the mobility of people with special needs by using motors and sensors powered by Kinect. One finalist in the software design category, a team from New Zealand, developed an app that uses artificial intelligence to aid blind people.
From Computerworld Australia
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