Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Purdue Adopts Digital Notepads for Graphics Courses

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Purdue Adopts Digital Notepads for Graphics Courses

Article excerpt

Purdue University has developed one of the most innovative Computer Graphics (CG) departments in the U.S. As part of its core curriculum, CG offers an extensive array of 35 courses in manufacturing graphics, construction graphics communications, interactive multimedia and technical animation.

As part of its goal to leverage emerging technologies like the Internet, the CG department is always looking for more efficient ways to support storyboarding, visual note taking, CAD and to develop new training methods for simulations and problem solving. As part of their coursework, students must frequently hand-sketch 3-D images in 2-D. Traditionally, students sketched using a standard pen, then submitted their assignment on paper for grading and evaluation.

A New Way of Note Taking

Recently, the department began using the CrossPad, a portable digital notepad (PDN) to replace pen and paper for animation and mechanical engineering simulation projects. Terry Burton, associate professor of computer graphics and curriculum chair, discovered the CrossPad portable digital notepad in 1998 and introduced it to the department's "Technical Sketching" class.

The CrossPad transforms how these Purdue students input, store, organize and share notes. They can write in ink using a special pen on a standard notepad and simultaneously create a digital copy of these notes. The CrossPad uses radio frequency (RF) technology to transmit the signal from the pen to the RF field beneath the pad, which converts and stores the signal in 1MB of flash ROM -- up to 50 pages of notes. …

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