Imagine Cup calls for vision, ASU students deliver

June 29, 2011

If the world's premier student technology competition calls for innovative vision, then there may be no technology better suited than the Note-Taker.

Invented by David Hayden during his undergraduate career in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the Note-Taker is a device designed to aid the visually impaired in a classroom setting, by way of a portable, custom-designed video camera and a split-screen Tablet PC. Download Full Image

"The Note-Taker works by providing a low-vision student with a view of their notes and a view of the board at the same time," said Hayden, also a low-vision student, who struggled to keep up with note-taking in class and saw a chance to improve access to educational opportunities for visually impaired students.

Helping Hayden bring his vision into sharper focus are fellow engineering students Parth Pandya, Qian Yan, Shashank Srinivas and Michael Astrauskas, and mentor John Black, a research scientist at ASU.

Team Note-Taker is bound for New York City to compete July 8-13 as worldwide finalists in Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011. The goal of the prestigious competition is to encourage students to come up with technologies that solve global problems, while learning skills that will prepare them as future IT leaders.

To view and vote for the Note-Taker, and other student-created technologies, visit the Imagine Cup's People's Choice site.

Of the 20 million low-vision adults in the United States, according to Hayden, fewer than 40 percent participate in the work force – a figure that the team largely attributes to the inaccessibility of education.

"One of the real motivators for the team is that they're really hoping that this can be produced as a product and made available to students with visual disabilities," said Black, who works in ASU's Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) – a research center focused on developing assistive multimedia computing applications, such as the Note-Taker.

Currently a graduate student, Hayden is preparing to continue his graduate studies at MIT in the fall.

Justine Garcia
Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Marchant addresses D.C., 7th judicial circuits

June 29, 2011

Gary Marchant, ASU Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, and Executive Director of the College of Law’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, recently spoke at a judicial workshop in Cambridge, Maryland.

Marchant delivered the lecture, “Emerging Technologies that will Radically Change your Life, Society, and the Law in the Next Five Years,” on Monday, June 27, at a meeting of judges in the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Seventh Circuit. Gary Marchant Download Full Image

Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Marchant is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Director of the ASU Origins Initiative and a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law