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1 Palm/PDA Computing Seminars on Academic Computing Snowmass, CO August 7, 2001 Kay Sommers – Richard H. Falk – Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

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3 The Trend Background of VCU –Medical and academic campus –15,000 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students –Many IT groups What’s driving the PDA movement? –Good management tools and useful applications –Mobile users

4 PDA Projects at VCU Allied Health Professions– Nurse Anesthesia Surgery – Grand Rounds Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities Department of Pharmacy Beaming Kiosks CBIL (Computer Based Instruction Lab) Occupational Therapy

5 Nurse Anesthesia Grant for simulator-based training videos for graduate students Short instructional videos on a PDA HP Jornada 540 Pocket PC selected Technical challenges of running videos on PDAs (Adobe Premiere, Windows Media Player 7.1, HP Encoder) Test video is 7.3 MB and runs for 6:43

6 Dept. of Surgery Need to take attendance during Grand Rounds Requirements for mobility, accuracy and ease Scan VCUCards with Mag Stripe Reader/Palm application Sync to Access database Pendragon application available

7 Palm Magnetic Stripe Scanner

8 Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities University affiliated program Initial approach and project proposals VIDD staff generate many ideas Project selected –Autistic individuals –HanDera 330 and MemoPlus

9 School of Pharmacy Residents and faculty using PDAs in clinical rounds Plans to provide PDAs to 4 th year students Development of applications,suites and presentations Wireless project is part of student laptop initiative – access points on all 5 floors of Pharmacy’s main building

10 Beaming Kiosks Infrared communications – PDAs and laptops Kiosks use Clarinet Systems equipment AvantGo channels, , calendar syncing on-the-go, web surfing Kiosks placed in public lab as a pilot Pictures of a beaming kiosk …

11 Clarinet Systems IrDa Infrared

12 Beaming

13 Beaming Kiosk Javits Convention Center, Manhattan, NY

14 First Impressions

15 Conversion

16 Mass Conversion

17 Computer Based Instruction Lab Targeted Participants CBIL provided –Handspring Visor Deluxe PDAs, software, eval forms, group meetings, technical support Participation requirements and selection process Software selected Support services Results

18 Occupational Therapy Support call from a faculty member…

19 PDA Connections to the Internet Modems – serial modem devices or CF modem cards LAN – CF Ethernet Card Infrared connections –Cell phone with IrDA port PDA Wireless –Fixed wireless with access points –Remote via wireless services

20 Capabilities of PDAs Pocket Internet Explorer Windows CE’s Inbox (POP3 and IMAP4) Accessing web content – streaming or offline Blazer “proxy” server (www.bluelark.com) –Resize and dither web pages for small screen –Graphics, color and caching Web Clipping AvantGo Channels –Pocket PC and Palm OS devices

21 PDA Applications Word documents –PocketPC Word – Documents to Go HanDBase Relational Database –Pocket PC and Palm compatible Ebook –Microsoft Reader; other free versions –Ebooks download (www.memoware.com) -cross platform formats and freewww.memoware.com –Audio books – –Mint your own eBooks

22 The Wireless Connection Fixed wireless –PC and CF cards used to connect to LAN –Modules for Handspring and Palm M500 series PDAs (Xircom Wireless Ethernet Module) Remote wireless –PC Cards (CDPD, Ricochet 128 and CDMA wireless networks) –CF digital phone card (Socket Communications) –Bluetooth – connect without cables WAP Gateways

23 Development Web programming – HTML, Java, XML, etc. C and C++/Java (Palm conduits); Assembler; Visual Basic (AppForge), Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools Forms programs – Pendragon and Satellite

24 VCU PDA Projects VCU POPS (Pockets of Progress Site)

25 Other Issues What about security? –Extensible Authentication Protocol –Security utilities CryptInfo, ReadThis!, TealLock, etc. What about cost? What about limitations –Why not just buy a laptop?

26 Finale Other issues? Q&A Thank you for coming.

27 References VCU POPS: –http://www.vcu.edu/ucs/POPS/http://www.vcu.edu/ucs/POPS/ VCU Library – Personal Digital Assistants –http://www.library.vcu.edu/tml/bibs/pda.htm CMU Pittsburgh Pebbles: –http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pebbles/http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pebbles/ Dynasys Copilot (interface for mag stripe reader) –http://www.dyna-sys.com/ Clarinet Systems (IrDa switches) –www.clarinetsystems.com/www.clarinetsystems.com/ Blazer Palm compatible browser –http://www.handspring.com/software/blazer_details.jhtmlhttp://www.handspring.com/software/blazer_details.jhtml Fireviewer (media web portal for Palm OS devices) –http://www.fireviewer.com/index.html


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