App that helps fix lazy eye; another that translates dialects to English win prizes

SINGAPORE - Ideas for a mobile game which can help children with lazy eye to improve their condition and an app which automatically translates dialect into English, were the two winners at the inaugural Solve for Tomorrow Competition in Singapore.

The team from the Singapore Management University, Eyenovation, clinched first place in the university category at the competition which was organised by Samsung.

They were among the six teams - three from local universities category and three from polytechnics - who were presenting their ideas on Tuesday.

The competition is aimed at students in Singapore and encourages them to use technology to address and come up with solutions to social issues in Singapore.

Eyenovation won a $10,000 cash prize, as well as a study trip to visit Samsung headquarters in Korea and an internship opportunity at Samsung Singapore.

Their winning idea was a game that is split into two visual parts and played with goggles. The stronger eye sees the static elements of the game, while the lazy eye sees the moving elements, which forces it to "relearn" how to see by not depending on the stronger eye.

The same prize was given to the winning team for the polytechnic category, First Words. The team from Ngee Ann Polytechnic won for their conceptualisation of a mobile app that translates Chinese dialects into English or Mandarin, and vice versa, through speech recognition.

Other ideas presented at the competition include apps that gauge the capacity of MRT carriages and provides information to commuters and a tracking app that allows a caretaker to keep track of their ward's location.

lesterh@sph.com.sg