The EnableTalk system uses a glove-mounted microcontroller to collate information from a passel of onboard sensors—11 flex sensors, 8 touch sensors, 2 accelerometers, a compass, and a gyroscope—and transmit it wirelessly to a nearby computer or smartphone for translation into machine generated speech. The Ukrainian development team—Posternikov Anton, Maxim Osika, Anton Stepanov, and Valera Yasakov—recently won the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup’s 1st place “Software Design” award, and took home $25K. Their prototype includes solar panels to help prolong battery life. [Thanks, Tim!]

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