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Note-Taker Enables Low Vision Students to See the Blackboard

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Aug 1, 2011 • References: liqingzhou and tuvie
The visually impaired can quite easily be deterred from exploring tertiary studies when their sense of sight leaves it difficult to absorb college and university lessons. The Note-Taker strives to improve the experience of the nearly blind with a hi-tech system to help them see.

David Hayden and Liqing Zhou worked together to design a video camera and touchscreen tablet combo that can record lectures in realtime. The invention allows a user seated at the back of the classroom to see the whole scene with the teacher, the whiteboard and the PowerPoint presentation just a few inches in front of his eyes on the screen of his zoom-enabled laptop. The standing camcorder employs autofocus as it pans and tilts to capture an optimal view. The Note-Taker's footage is played in one window of the monitor, while the user can take notes with a stylus in an adjacent window.