Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 winners honored by Time magazine

A while back, a team of Ukrainian students got together to form QuadSquad. They ended up winning Microsoft's 2012 edition of its Imagine Cup competition with their invention, Enable Talk. The product was designed for people who are hearing impaired. It allows their sign language movements to be translated to spoken words via a special glove tied into a smartphone application.

This month, Time magazine's website offered up a list of their picks for the best inventions of 2012, and Enable Talk was on the list. It's a huge pat on the back for the team at QuadSquad, especially for an invention that technically has yet to be released to the public. The team is currently looking for funding and hopes to sell the Enable Talk sensor gloves and smartphone app for $150, with a price cut down to $75 if they ramp up production.

This shows that QuadSquad has created a product that can really make a difference to a group of people who struggle with communicating with others. It also shows the benefits of a competition like the Imagine Cup which Microsoft has supported and championed for a number of years.

Via: Next at Microsoft
Source: Time magazine | Image via Microsoft

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2 Comments

I like how the Times Magazine has an image of it working on an iPhone...

On another note, I know this system only worked on Windows Mobile because of WP7's Bluetooth limitations, does anybody know if it's possible for this to work on WP8?

Omen1393 said,
I like how the Times Magazine has an image of it working on an iPhone...

On another note, I know this system only worked on Windows Mobile because of WP7's Bluetooth limitations, does anybody know if it's possible for this to work on WP8?

It definitely could work on WP8 but they haven't made one for it yet! It would be relatively simple to port from iOS to WP8 with the new native code capability though so hopefully in the near future!

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