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Albemarle Student's "iClick" Invention Wins Big at Regional Science Fair

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Sandra Feng using iClick Sandra Feng using iClick

An Albemarle High School student has reason to celebrate. Sophomore Selena Feng placed at the Piedmont Regional Science Fair with an invention that makes computers easier to use.

Feng has designed a way to control a computer cursor with a wave of your hand. It's a computer program she wrote herself, solving a problem she says others have been grappling with for around two decades.

The program - called iClick - scans the user's fingers, starting with the tip of the middle finger and working backwards. You click by pulling back with your index finger, scroll by pulling back your ring finger, and guide the cursor by simply moving your hand.

Feng won seven awards at the regional fair for her invention. She says her inspiration came from a video game.

"I first saw the Kinect last summer, and I thought it was really cool how you could control all of the things on the game with just your body or your hands, and I thought why don't they do that for computers? It would be so much easier if you could just control the mouse with your hand,” said Feng.

Feng says her invention could have applications for people who can't use a traditional computer mouse. It also saves desk space.

Feng is part of the Math, Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) at Albemarle High School.

She will be taking her invention to the Virginia State Science Fair next week in Lexington. Then she'll head to Los Angeles for the international science fair in May.

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