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.