Microsoft announced winners of U.S. finals of the Imagine Cup, a competition the company hosts to promote creative technology innovation among college students. Half of the winners in a total of four categories are health related, including cloud-based ultrasound image hosting, an AIDS awareness game, and a phone reminder system for underdeveloped communities to help raise vaccination rates.
The top prize in the Software design category went to a team from Arizona State University that developed a system to help students with poor vision take better notes in class. It combines tablet PC software with a zoomable camera to bring the blackboard right to where notes are being written down.
Second place went to a team comprised of students from University of Central Florida, Harvard, UC Davis, UCLA, and UCSD. They developed the Lifelens, a diagnostic assistant of malaria that runs on a Windows 7 phone.
Full list of winning projects…