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Four Ukrainian tech whizzes have done the seemingly impossible: they’ve given a voice to the voiceless. Calling themselves QuadSquad, they created a product called “Enable Talk”—gloves that translate sign language into spoken word, giving a voice to the 40 million people who live every day with speech and hearing impairments.

QuadSquad invented their sensory gloves as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition, nabbing this year’s top prize for their innovation. The tech tournament, held each year in a new international locale, challenges young scientists to create something that takes on one of “the world’s toughest problems.” Although it may sound like simply an international science fair, that baking soda and vinegar volcano definitely won’t cut it.

Most of the projects focused on the environment or healthcare. But QuadSquad tackled a much more basic problem: communication. The Enable Talk gloves work by translating the gestures of the user’s hands through a…

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