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Goa Girl Invent Touch Free Phone Technology 

Native of South Goa's Velim, Andrea Colaco has invented a technology that would enable the user to communicate with the cell phones through gestures. This is a path-breaking discovery as this would aide the cell-phone companies to do away with the screen-touch technology that is currently in use in most of the smartphones these days. The techieis currently pursuing doctorate from prestigious Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT). She won the MIT $100K entrepreneurship competition for her innovation which provides real-time, millimetre accurate 3D gesture sensing on devices like mobile phones. Currently, most sophisticated smart phones like Samsung Galaxy, Nokia Lumia and iPhones use capacitive and guerilla scratch touch screens in their products.

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Gesture Recognition System - Indian Girl Develops Touch-Free Smartphone Technology

Taking your smartphone user experience to a different level, a Goa based girl has developed a new technology which will enable users to use their smartphone through gesture-recognition.
It means without even touching your phone you`ll be able to use all the function on your device. The girl behind this breakthrough is Andrea Colaco, a native of South Goa. She has done her studies from world renowned Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT).Andrea speaking on this innovation says, “What is the next interface for cellphone devices? It is gesture recognition. Every cellphone-device manufacturer is scrambling to bring gesture-recognition into their devices. This is an immediate and unaddressed market.”The creation is set to make touchscreen technology passe and would allow users to interact with their devices through thin air.Native of South Goa's Velim, Andrea Colaco, has not only earned a graduate and master's degree, and later earned one of the most-sought after doctorate seats at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT), but has earlier this month won the MIT $100K entrepreneurship competition for her innovation which provides real-time, millimetre accurate 3D gesture sensing on devices like mobile phones.he innovators won the MIT $100K entrepreneurship competition while presenting their invention as a "3dim" solution. The innovation gives real-time, millimetre accurate 3D gesture sensing on devices like mobile phones by using patented signal processing methods invented at MIT by Colaco, co-founder Ahmed Kirmani, Vivek K Goyal and Rahul Tejwani. Colaco has said that the prototype only requires a few milliwatts of additional power from the phone. This is about one-seventh of the amount of power needed by a standard smartphone camera.
After the team won the competition, Colaco seemed confident that her invention can go far. "Now with the prize money, 3dim will go full steam. We will develop the technology for customers-smart-device manufacturers-who have already expressed interest in the product," she said.The team's winning pitch made the most financial sense for the panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists and industry professionals judging the eight finalists from over 3,000 participants."Now with the prize money, 3dim will go full steam. We will develop the technology for customers-smart-device manufacturers-who have already expressed interest in the product," she said. Andrea's success though had seemed certain from the early years. "The need for power-hungry, specialized hardware has kept such technology from mobile devices-problem that has now been rectified," Colaco, a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, said during the winning pitch at the competition to a packed auditorium. She said her prototype only demands a few milliwatts of additional power from the phone-about one-seventh of the amount used by a standard smartphone camera.The youngster's passion also lies in promoting hands-on design and prototyping skills in undergraduate programmes in India and she has organized and taught at two such workshops in India, at Pune and New Delhi.


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 Andrea Colaco
Andrea's success though had seemed certain from the early years. The student of Margao's Fatima Convent High School had ranked second at the Goa board Class X exams in 2001 and two years later topped the Class XII exams with an impressive 96.17%. Her record of cent percent score in physics, chemistry and biology remains unmatched till date. Andrea is a recipient of the Goa scholars award 2010 and has a masters degree in media technology from MIT in 2010, after completing her undergraduate degree programme in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS, Pilani in 2007

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