The third edition of Microsoft's annual Garage Science Fair saw more than 60 innovations by techies from the IT giant's India Development Center (MSIDC) including a new pair of spectacles called Kinectacles that aims to help the visually challenged.
Kinectacles has been developed using Microsoft Xbox's Kinect device. The team that developed the device said that they hope to include a Kinect PCB (printed circuit board) along with an audio output device to help the visually impaired to successfully navigate their way without any accidents.
Another device, the Kinect Bridge, has also been developed using Kinect and tracks the hand and body gestures of the speech impaired and converts it into text or voice message. The principal solutions manager with Microsoft, Matt Hempey said that more and more employees are coming out with new innovations to be displayed at the science fair.
"This edition of the garage fair is the biggest in India with around 60 projects. We started out with 30 ideas in the first edition. We are seeing a lot of experimentation with Windows Phone, Xbox and Kinect", he said.