Student team wins Microsoft Imagine Cup for new and innovative assistive technology

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:06pm

A team of students in the US has won second place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup for Note-Taker, an assistive technology that helps people who are blind or vision impaired take notes in the classroom as quickly and easily as their sighted peers.

Note-Taker uses a portable camera connected to a touch-screen tablet PC to take live video that can be enlarged to suit the needs of the student. At the same time, students can take typed or hand-written notes on a split-screen interface.

ACM Professional Member John Black, a member of the ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, mentored the winning team from Arizona State University.

Watch the YouTube video on Note-Taker for a demonstration of this new and innovative technology.

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