The winner of this year's Microsoft Imagine Cup in Sydney is a project called Enable Talk by the Ukrainian team, QuadSquad. They've created gloves fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers (as well as some solar cells to increase battery life). The gloves can translate sign language into text that is spoken with a text-to-speech engine and connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Wow! Something we could only dream about just a decade ago is now a reality.
The team got the idea after interacting with some hearing-impaired athletes at their school, and Enable Talk was born. They hope their project will help a lot more people and I'm certain it will. Congratulations to the QuadSquad from Ukraine!