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Imagine Cup 2012

Imagine Cup 2012 - Portugal

Picking up third in the software design category was the Portuguese wi-GO, a cart that uses a Kinect and laptop comination to follow its user. In the finals presentation, the team showed how difficult it could be for one of the team's members, who is wheelchair-bound, to go shopping.

The idea and implementation is impressive, but this is one of those projects at Imagine Cup that seems to be held back by the use of Microsoft desktop technology. As the project continues, I would hope that the team optimises the project to use an unobtrusive micro-controller rather than the thumping laptop attached to the cart.

The highlight in the entire finals presentation occured when a cameraman accidently made the gesture to start the wi-GO tracking and was bailed up in a corner by the device. Five stars.

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