Category: Cognitive and Perceptual Skills


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The Note-Taker device is a prototype for visually impaired students to be able to listen, watch, and take notes all at the same time. It was developed by David Hayden, at the end of his junior year at Arizona State University, when he submitted his invention to the worldwide Microsoft Imagine Cup competition (in the “touch and tablet” category).

The device is designed help students with low vision follow classroom instruction and take notes as easily as fully sighted students. The split-screen interface enables students with visual impairments to glance back and forth between the live video view of the classroom presentation and their notes. The video window allows the user to aim and zoom the camera by using simple dragging, tapping or pinching motions within the video window.

The Note-Taker is portable, requires no installation in the classroom, and there is no delay when transitioning between taking your notes and viewing the board. The Note-Taker sits flat on a desk. On one half of the screen is a digital note pad, where users enter handwritten notes; on the other half is live, streaming video from a camera that points at a target such as a chalkboard. In the video window the user can "drag" the live picture and the motors on the camera will pan and tilt to readjust its position. 

A planned fifth-generation device took advantage of the latest advances in digital video technology to boost the Note-Taker’s performance.

The sixth-generation prototype planned to add audio and video recording functions that provide synchronized playback of lectures, along with the corresponding handwritten or typed notes – enabling students to quickly review lessons after classes.


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David Hayden is the inventor of the Note-Taker application, which he developed at Arizona State University and submitted to the Microsoft Imagine Cup, which focuses on the design of technologies and devices to assist people with perceptual or cognitive disabilities. That is where, part of "The Note Taker Team," he won a prize. He is now the chairman and CEO @ David is an established visionary and technology entrepreneur. He was co-founder of the Magellan Search Engine in 1993, and served as its Chairman & CEO until he sold the company to Excite, Inc in 1996. He was founding Chairman & CEO of Critical Path, which pioneered the software and email as a hosted a service in 1997, and went public in 1999. He was named an Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 by Ernst and Young, and the same year, Forbes named him one of the 10 “E” Gang members in their annual cover feature on technology leaders. Hayden was named one of the top 100 Internet Entrepreneurs at the 2000 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and he delivered the keynote speech at the 2000 World Bank Government Borrower’s Forum in Rome. Hayden created JetEye in 2004, a web-cloud social networking company, with pioneering content aggregation technology. During this time he has also been working on his “archipelago” concept to further his goal of developing sustainable technology resource networks for disruptive technologies. He created Archipelago Global Partners in 2007 as a holding company for this work, and began focusing on building next-generation communication systems. In February of 2009 he founded Inc. with a group of technologists and social entrepreneurs. is the first platform to bring interactive asynchronous voice conversation to the social web. Among Hayden’s other accomplishments: he has served on private and public boards, including E*Trade Financial, Meet World Trade, NameTree, Catenas, Andale, Riya, Like, eHatchery, Arzoon, and WordWalla. Hayden has served on the non-profit boards of the GGNPA and the Greenwood School in California. He holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.