Microsoft Hardware blog in a blog November 2 blog post listed the winners of the UIST 2011 Student Innovation Contest where university students were challenged to come up with interesting uses for the Microsoft Touch Mouse with the public sensor SDK.
"Students in the 30 participating groups were challenged to develop new, innovative ways of using the Microsoft Touch Mouse, and six teams stood out as clear winners across three categories revealed Microsoft:
The six prized students teams took away a combined $6000 worth of prize money contributed by the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group.
- Most Creative: Wellesley College, Mass. (TUI.TAR), and Claremont College, Calif. (FlipMouse)
This application turned the Touch Mouse into a virtual guitar with plucking and strumming capabilities. Even though the music it generates leaves a lot to the imagination, this was a very creative use of a device that otherwise would not have been used horizontally.
- Most Useful: Carnegie Mellon University, Pa. (Window Manipulation), and Wellesley College, Mass. (Where's Bo Peep?)
As the straight forward name implies, it enables more advanced window manipulation through the Touch Mouse with gestures than what Microsoft ships out of the box. For example it allows users to move windows with simply three fingers on the sensor.
- Best Implemented: IT University of Copenhagen (Toki D.I.Y. Tookit), and UC Berkley (The Mossage Mat)
Video embedded below of some of the projects: