A pair of hi-tech spectacles called Kinectacles that will help the visually challenged navigate their way and Kinect Bridge - an innovative product that will enable the speech impaired to communicate with others seamlessly using Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor that is used in its Xbox gaming device.
A Windows 7 phone software - My Obstetrics -- that will serve as a 'personal doctor on the move' helping pregnant women keep track of their journey into motherhood and constantly monitor vitals like BP and weight through the nine months while keeping them abreast of the various stages in their pregnancy.
These are some of the nearly 60 innovations designed by techies at Microsoft's India Development Centre (MSIDC) that are being showcased as part of the IT giant's third edition of the annual Garage Science Fair in India.
The Kinectacles prototype, developed by a three-member team comprising Rishabh Verma, Atul Sharma and Aditi Goswami, hopes to be able to eventually design a pair of spectacles with a Kinect PCB (printed circuit board) mounted atop along with an audio output device to enable the visually impaired safely navigate not just indoor spaces but outdoor spaces as well, team leader Verma told newspersons at the Garage Science Fair.
Talking about the Kinect Bridge, Bangaru Venkatesh said that hand gestures or body gestures of speech and visually impaired would be recognised by the device and converted into text or voice. Venkatesh is part of the five-member team that has invented this product that would work not only on Windows but Xbox as well.
The Microsoft garage fair, which is into its third edition in India, is aimed at fostering innovation among Microsoft employees in their spare time and is also a moonlighting programme that gives employees an opportunity to monetise their inventions, Matt Hempey, principal solutions manager, Microsoft Corporation, said.
He pointed out how innovations from India were growing by leaps and bounds and making their mark felt at the global level in Microsoft with nearly 40,000 people within the company using these 'garage fair' innovations. "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 pointed out.