Highlights from Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2012

Highlights from Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2012

Summary: After five gruelling days, Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2012 wrapped up yesterday. Over 100 teams from 75 countries made it to the finals this year, all bringing along inventions intended to solve the world's toughest problems.


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  • Quadsquad team Ukraine EnableTalk gloves

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet)

    Team Quadsquad, from Ukraine, attracted a lot of attention in the showroom with EnableTalk, gloves that can translate sign language to text. The gloves use various sensors , gyroscopes and accelerometers to detect gestures.

    Clearly, the attention was well deserved; Quadsquad ended up placing first in the Imagine Cup software design category, taking home $25,000.

  • Japan takes second place.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet)

    Second place in this year's competition went to the All Lights! team from Japan.

    The lights communicate with each other, using light beams and a visual communication protocol that the team developed to figure out if some lights can be dimmed. Inspired by the energy crisis occuring in Japan in the aftermath of its natural and nuclear disasters, the team designed the lights, primarily, to save energy.

Topics: Emerging Tech, Microsoft

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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