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July 14, 2011: Team Note-Taker, led by ACM member John Black, Takes Second Place in Imagine Cup

Today's Topic: Team Note-Taker, led by ACM member John Black, Takes Second Place in Imagine Cup

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Team Note-Taker led by ACM Professional Member John Black of Arizona State University won second place in the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Software Design competition at a gala ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center. Note-Taker is an assistive technology to help low-vision and legally blind students take notes in their secondary and post-secondary classrooms as quickly (and with the same ease) as their fully sighted peers. The competition, which honors student innovations that address global problems, included more than 350,000 students from 183 countries. The finals featured more than 400 students from 70 countries.

An ACM member since 2004, Black is also a member of ACM SIGACCESS, the Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing. He has participated in numerous ASSETS conferences, which explore the potential of computer and information technologies to support individuals with disabilities as well as those around them.

The Note-Taker project combines a portable, custom-designed camera and a touch-screen tablet PC to allow the user to simultaneously view live video and take typed or hand-written notes on a split-screen interface. View a one-minute video at http://youtu.be/ZlNEjY0ZUbU