Category Archives: Ubiquitous Computing

Honorary Doctorate for David Whyley, Congratulations!!

Via Handheld Learning:

Congratulations go to Dave Whyley who, this Wednesday 10th September, will be rewarded and recognised for his huge contribution to the field of mobile learning.

David will be awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Wolverhampton University.

The full story can be found here. I saw Dave and one of his colleagues present at the SIGHC forum at NECC this year, and I can say that what they’ve been able to do with technology in Wolverhampton is pretty amazing. It helps to have the right mindset too, and Dave definitely does …

Congratulations Dave!!

Image Credit: Handheld Learning:
http://www.handheldlearning.co.uk/media/dave-2-fones.jpg

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Sign Language over Cell Phones in the U.S.

MobileASL visualization techniques

 

Following my recent find of “seeing with your ears“, today I ran across some research being done at the University of Washington  that will allow “hearing-impaired users might soon be able to use sign language over a mobile phone, like in Japan or Sweden”. The technology is based on the American Sign Language (ASL):

“The goal of the MobileASL project is to increase accessibility by making the mobile telecommunications network available to the signing Deaf community. Video cell phones enable Deaf users to communicate in their native language, American Sign Language (ASL).”

According to the article, a big obstacle in the U.S. is, not surprisingly, the ability to do two-way video using mobiles. Anyway, another interesting way in which mobile phones will be used in the near future.

Via Golden Swamp and SmartMobs

Image Credit: UW (see the ZDNet article)

An iPod Touch for Each Student?

Stack of iPod Touches by The Pug Father.

About a week old, but still an interesting story about a roll-out of iPod Touch devices at a middle school in Chapel Hill, NC. While the article does not specifically state what the iPods will be used for, the principal has this to say:

“It’s a world we better figure out, because we can’t ask our students to come into a classroom, put those things aside and sit in a row and think we’re interesting,” she said.

“We’re just not that interesting.”

Of course there is the usual talk about technology being used as a tool to serve student learning, etc. etc. There is an interesting example at the end of the article about a school in Idaho that banned iPods because they were supposedly used for cheating. Is it just me or maybe we should be looking at new forms of assessment instead of falling back upon the usual ban and punish tactics?

And of course don’t forget to read the comments to the story, always enlightening…

Image Credit: “Stack of iPod Touches”, the Pug Father’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/fleur-design/1472589193/

Another Handheld Learning 2008 Update

handheldlearning 2008

As sent to me by Graham Brown-Martin:

As an extra we’re providing you with a discount code for all the SIGHC members and those attending the SIGHC Forum at NECC that provides an additional 5% discount on registration against the already discounted early bird registration that includes the free Nintendo DS and game as well as access to the Handheld Learning Awards on the Monday evening (13th October). The registration fee is only £275 until July 31st and then it goes up to £325 then £375. All registrations include access all to all sessions and breakouts, attendance at the party and refreshments, lunches etc. Only the early birds get free Nintendo’s.

The code gets a 5% reduction onthese registration fees.

The code is sighchhl08 (case sensitive)

Those also thinking of coming for mLearn 2008 the week before can save money by registering for HHL 08 first with the 5% code and then get their 10% discount code from us for mLearn registration. Furthermore those flying Virgin can get a 10% discount on the lowest published price via our agreement with Virgin Atlantic.

Image Credit: www.handheldlearning2008.com

Carnival of the Mobilists #128: The World’s Greatest Game!

This is the second time this year that I have the honor of hosting the Carnival of the Mobilists, a collection of some of the best writing about mobile over the past week. I decided to make it a sports-themed carnival this week, as Euro 2008 is in full swing and there is a carnival-like atmosphere in many of the cities of Austria and Switzerland where some very highly mobile soccer teams are playing their matches (not to mention the fact that I’m a diehard Holland fan and their performance against Italy and France so far has been nothing short of spectacular). But, we’re getting off-track. So let’s flip a coin, pick sides, and have some fun with this week’s overview of the latest happenings in the world of mobile…

Commerce

Andreas Constantinou at VisionMobile takes the opening kick-off by explaining the key revenue models used in mobile open source, a total of seven to be exact.

A quick pass to the mjelly blog reveals a very colorful post that analyzes Gaviscon’s (indigestion medicine) ads on the London underground for a branded “Journey Planner” mobile application through advertising a shortcode on the ad. Are they convinced it works? Read the post to find out.

Next, Peggy Ann Salz of msearchgroove attempts a shot at goal when pondering if there is money in mobile search syndication as she reviews BooRah, a restaurant search engine that aggregates restaurant review content and buzz to let users search for what they want how they want it. Does she score? Jog over to her blog to find out. 

New iPhone

After an exciting opening, the remainder of the first half is devoted to a dazzling display of passing and teamwork in all areas of the pitch, as the crowd is heard chanting, “iPhone, iPhone”.

Michael Mace at Mobile Opportunity shares some thoughts on the 3G iPhone announcement. He focuses on what was NOT announced, as well as things that stood out to him such as “lower” pricing and developer limits. In addition, he asks, “what’s next?”

He passes on the question to Jason Devitt at Skydeck, who gives us his predictions for the iPhone 3G (you will need to scroll down a ways as he first gives us a long list of his previous predictions. His first prediction is that Apple will blow through its original target of selling 10 million phones in 2008. For the other predictions you will need to read his post.

Andrew Grill gets in on the game by letting one of the London papers do the talking with regards to the new iPhone.

Peter Genuardi at the Connection Cafe has an attempt as well and states that improved browsing with the new iPhone will open the doors for online engagement.

Tomi Ahonen from the Communities Dominate Brands blog then responds on the counter by arguing in a long post that despite the new iPhone’s GPS capabilities, mobile services that are based purely on location based services will still not work. Read his excellent post to find out why, and what to do instead.

The folks over at the FoxTrax Blog respond with a well-played one-two this week. iPhone, therefore iAm discusses the impact of the new iPhone on companies like Garmin and TomTom. The post is countered by Pat Responds: iPhone, therefore iAm, in which the author argues that the new iPhone will not necessarily become a GPS killer.

Phew, that was a great half, time for a break!
 

Mobile Communication

The second half kicks off with mopocket’s Justin Oberman Mordy Gilden (Did I get yellow carded on that one!!), who asks what makes a smartphone smart, and comes up with a few definitions at the end of the post. Whether or not they are useful or just add to the confusion is up to you to decide.

Sachendra Yadav also submitted a dazzling one-two. The first post lists eight reasons why mobile video calls haven’t taken off. This is followed by a post that argues that there may be a niche market for mobile video calls after all.

Igor Faletski at Mobscure asks what the world would be like if every mobile had a standard service like Twitter.

Education and Mobile

Judy Breck proposes her  plan for education of the future in Whither Education? A 3-Part Policy: No more pencils, no textbooks, no more searching gobbledygook. What does she mean by this? Jump over to the Golden Swamp to find out. This post scores the winning goal for me!

Mobile Conferences

Dennis Bournique over at the WapReview squeezed in a last minute attempt at goal with his post about Mobile Camp SF 2, a well-written summary of this “unconference” and it just shaved the crossbar! That’s the end of the game!!

Thanks for stopping by at this episode of the Carnival of the Mobilists! The final whistle has been blown and the excitement has subsided for the time being. However, next week’s edition will be hosted by Rudy de Waele at mTrends. You can send your submissions for Rudy to mobilists@gmail.com.

Image Credits: Euro 2008 mascot from
http://www.fcfootballblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/euro-2008-mascot.jpg

“Holland – Fans” from chrchr_75’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/40826712@N00/2576670139/

“Euro 2008” from nullnullminus’ photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/nullnullminus/2565054497/

“Euro 08 – Vienna FanZone, Day 1”, from webguruAT’s photostream,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/webguru/2559786926/in/pool-euro2008people

“Euro 2008 – Holanda 4 – Francia 1” from BLOGARJONA’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/blogarjona/2576452192/

“Faces of Victory” from nacaseven’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/nacaseven/2574596603/

Carnival of the Mobilists #125

Matt Radford hosts this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists at his blog allaboutiPhone.net. Nice job as a first-time host!

Image Credit: Carnival of the Mobilists, Logo:
http://www.mobili.st/images/cotm-button.jpg

Handheld Learning Presentation Proposals Due Soon!!

handheldlearning 2008

On Friday, May 30, to be exact. I’m still working on mine, how about you?

So far, all indications are that Handheld Learning 2008 is going to be the best handheld learning conference yet. The list of keynotes is first-class, and it’s worth attending the conference just to see them. However, I’m mostly looking forward to see what will happen when 1,000 people or so all have access to the same device (a Nintendo DS) for the duration of the conference.

You can register for the conference here.

 Submit your presentation proposals here.

Image Credit: www.handheldlearning2008.com