Convergent Devices Common Solutions Group May, 2005 Paul B. Hill, MIT Perception? Convergent Devices vs. Convergent Media Context of the User Phones Cameras (still and video) Music Players Audio recorders GPS TVs (VCR, DVD, …) OCR scanners Instruments
Common Solutions Group
Paul B. Hill, MIT
The convergence of cell phones and PDAs
The convergence of cell phones and WiFi
Central IT and Departmental Projects
Mobil computing devices such as PDAs running various operating systems, such as Palm OS and Windows CE, are becoming increasingly used by the MIT community. IS&T is beginning to add support for these devices. At the present time there is no requirement for Enterprise systems to work or be tested on these platforms. Although it is desirable for Enterprise applications to run on a wide variety of platforms, it is up to the individual project team to determine when support of these platforms is needed.
There is a standing $100 cash reward for the first person to find any piece of paper with John SanGiovanni's handwriting anywhere in his office, or on his person.
The following are fair game:
The following items are exempt:
This project is the systematic replacement of paper by tablets for the students as well as the replacement of the chalkboard for the professor. We are attempting to understand the limiting factors associated with the use of this technology on a daily basis. To this end we are recording reliability, usability and the increase in learning that is derived from the use of Tablet PC’s. We are also attempting to measure the fundamental shift required to eliminate paper and to create instantaneous access to the information for the students. This will serve to increase the speed of learning.
We started with two highly visual classes, Neuroanatomy and Mandarin. We then extended Tablet PC’s to include special projects in various other subjects, such as Biomedical Engineering, Health Science and Technology, Business and a class at the University of Hong Kong Medical Faculty.