Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2012 Winners

Microsoft has announced the winners of Microsoft’s 10th annual Imagine Cup, The team quadSquad ¬†taking the top place prize of $25,000.

Team quadSquad developed a pair of sensory gloves, called EnableTalk, that translate sign language gestures into speech using a Bluetooth-enabled Windows Phone and Microsoft’s Speech and Bing APIs. The team’s project is designed to improve the lives of deaf and mute individuals by allowing them to communicate verbally.

Team quadSquad developed a pair of sensory gloves

“We were inspired to help our friends who are hearing- and speech-impaired to have the ability to communicate like everyone else. The Imagine Cup is an amazing experience; we’re thrilled to be here learning from the experts around us.”

A team from Japan, Coccolo, took second place, and Portuguese team wi-GO snatched the third spot.

Over 350 students from 75 countries travelled to Sydney for the finals after competing in a number of online and local events. Across eight competition categories, approximately $175,000 in cash was awarded to the winning teams.

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