Student Programmers Solve Real-World ChallengesBy Prabhu, Maya T.; eSchoolNews,
Publication Date: July 12, 2010
Article features three winning entries that benefit users with disabilities in the 2010 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals, an international computer programming contest for high school and college students sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. During the one-week event in Warsaw, Poland, students demonstrated their real world solutions in the categories of education, health care, and the environment. (1) The winning project, eyeFeel, by students from Thailand, allows hearing impaired people to communicate with others using an augmented reality environment that combines speech and face recognition, converts it to English from text, and generates virtual conversation text balloons and sign language animation in real time. (2) A team from Arizona State University received first place in the Touch & Tablet Accessibility subcategory for an application that allows low vision users to view streaming video of a classroom presentation while simultaneously taking notes in a split screen interface with Microsoft OneNote. (3) OneView, a Tablet PC based application designed by students from the University of Washington that enables students with varying abilities to collaboratively create, read, and edit diagrams received second place in Touch & Tablet Accessibility. OneView provides a synchronized visual, audio, and text interface that allows each student to use his or her preferred interface mode when collaborating with other students.
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