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UCA team competing in Microsoft tech competition

Posted: June 29, 2013 - 4:56pm
Four students at the University of Central Arkansas are heading to St. Petersburg, Russia next week to compete in the Imagine Cup, a worldwide technology competition sponsored by Microsoft. Pictured are John White, R. Kyle Eichelberger, Ben Tacket, Dr. Sinan Kockara and Dr. Tansel Halic. SUBMITTED PHOTO Not pictured is Michelle Enfinger.
Four students at the University of Central Arkansas are heading to St. Petersburg, Russia next week to compete in the Imagine Cup, a worldwide technology competition sponsored by Microsoft. Pictured are John White, R. Kyle Eichelberger, Ben Tacket, Dr. Sinan Kockara and Dr. Tansel Halic. SUBMITTED PHOTO Not pictured is Michelle Enfinger.

Team Bears Unlimited, a group of four students at the University of Central Arkansas, will meet Tuesday on the school’s campus to practice a presentation they plan to deliver in July in front of Imagine Cup judges in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The team will practice the presentation before UCA President Tom Courtway, faculty and staff, and other students.

Imagine Cup, sponsored by Microsoft, is a worldwide student technology competition, with a $50,000 cash prize, grants and other awards up for grabs.John White, Ben Tackett, R. Kyle Eichelberger and Michelle Enfinger developed the Bear Claw System, a high-tech glove outfitted with sensors to assist physical and occupational therapy patients at the hand, wrist and forearm. The system utilizes a motion glove that communicates through a connected Windows smart phone.

The team is scheduled to depart on July 6 from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Dr. Sinan Kockara and Dr. Tansel Halic, faculty mentors, will accompany the group on their journey.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached by phone at 501-505-1277 or by email at megan.reynolds@thecabin.net. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net.)

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