A local Canberra team, Team Audio Programming Assistant (APA) from the University of Canberra, have won Microsoft Australia Imagine Cup. APA presented their entry to a panel of judges at Microsoft’s Remix conference in Melbourne. The team used Visual Studio SDK to customise Visual Studio 2005 so that it could be used by vision impaired programmers.
The team demonstrated their entry by covering their laptop screen and using verbal commands to write code, including the use of the Intellisense autocompletion feature. In addition, the team presented a customised IE browser which read out links on a web page and lets users fill in input fields and dialog boxes. APA also designed a web site specifically for blind developers, consisting of tips, tricks, and tutorials for teaching the blind how to write code.
It’s good to see local tertiary talent take off! Well done to APA.