Google Zeitgeist | Young Minds competition winner hacks Kinect to help blind navigate

November 21, 2011

Google | Google Zeitgeist Americas 2011: “Spirit of the Time” — when we bring together a range of young minds seeking solutions for our time, what inspirational insights will we discover? Panel: Eric Berdinis — Young Minds Winner; Shree Bose — Google Science Fair Winner; Scot Frank — Clinton Global Initiative University moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

Kinecthesia | Kinecthesia uses a belt-mounted Kinect to aid navigation for the visually impaired. This project was developed by students Eric Berdinis and Jeff Kiske at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Google Zeitgest & Young Minds

Google | Young Minds is a competition to find 12 young people who have made or are trying to make a positive difference in the world. It’s a platform to promote how young people are doing their bit to help their communities and make a difference to the world in which we live. Previous Young Minds winners have had big ideas and taken steps to make their ideas a reality. The winners attended Zeitgeist Europe 2011, met an array of of influential business leaders and three of the winners even had a chance to speak at the event and had their say. Now it’s your turn. We want to find twelve 18-24 year olds who will win a chance to attend a special program of events and master classes held at this year’s Zeitgeist Americas 2011. Upload your entry here by August 25, 2011 for the chance to rub elbows with the best and brightest people on the planet.

Zeitgeist is an annual, invitation-only, two-day special event hosted by Google, that brings together over 400 of the planet’s top leaders and biggest brains —– from businessmen to bloggers and inventors to activists. Why? To talk about the big issues affecting our everyday lives and hear what they think is shaping this weird and wonderful world of ours. You can view talks from past Zeitgeist events in full at

Kinecthesia website & blog
Google Zeitgeist | Zeitgeist Minds — “Collection of inspiring videos from Google’s Zeitgeist events”
Scientific American | Belt warns visually impaired about obstacles”
TechCrunch | Students hack the Kinect to allow blind to navigate”