Last week, Microsoft’s student technology competition Imagine Cup took place in New York City. Over the past year, teams of two to four students from 183 countries competed in online or regional events to “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems,” with 21 teams advancing to the worldwide finals. 
 
In a documentary released today, GOOD Magazine spotlights a group of finalists from Arizona State University that created a device called Note-Taker to put that vision of changing the world into action. The team found inspiration from team member David Hayden, who is legally blind and who, prior to Note-Taker, wasn’t able to keep up with note-taking in his math-intensive courses. Note-Taker utilizes Microsoft OneNote 2010 to help visually impaired students switch between near and far-sighted tasks, such as taking notes or viewing the classroom board. A camera is aimed at the board, allowing students to split their computer screen between the camera and Microsoft OneNote 2010. The Note-Taker technology empowers visually-impaired students to take their own notes as efficiently as their fully-sighted peers. Note-Taker took home second place at the competition.
 
For up-to-date information on Imagine Cup, check out Twitter, Facebook and the official blog.