Team Humane from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria is among 35 teams from around the world selected to contest at the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup world wide finals holding next month in Seattle, Washington, the United States of America (USA).
According to Vanguard, the 35 teams will present their unique visions at the Imagine Cup World Finals holding from July 26 through 29, 2016 in Seattle. The Nigerian team has a solution designed to help the visually impaired navigate smartphones.
Microsoft Imagine Cup is a premier student technology program and competition, and a cornerstone of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative which provides an opportunity for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate in developing a technology application.
The competition also creates a platform for the student programmers to create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of the global technology market.
The solution developed by the Nigerian Team comes with an accompanying hardware known as the Humane handle, which interacts with apps installed on a device using Bluetooth.
With the innovative solution from the Nigerian Team, a visually impaired person would be able to navigate through various apps installed on his/her mobile phone using the handle and an integrated voice navigation system.