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February 26, 2006

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Stefan walked us through uLocate's offerings, focusing on MapQuest Find Me. We reviewed how you can access the service from either your mobile phone handset or from the web.

Giuseppe started by showing us Invisible Ideas , a GPS-enabled Artwalk through the Boston Public Gardens and Common. You can see and hear information about various artistson an Invisible Ideas-equipped (and GPS-enabled) PDA. The walk then also plots where users go, making them part of the experience. This is an example of a GPS app, although not necessarily wireless.

He then showed us iShop. He explained how Flash Lite allowed him to use certain built-in shortcuts to assist with the plumbing and focus on the phone UI. There is a server in between the phone and Amazon that exists to parse Amazon data into manageable chunks. Discussed idea of also using handheld PDAs in stores -- would serve as an 'affiliate program' so store makes money if the user purchases from a web service (it would in effect increase the size of their inventory).

Educational use discussion

uLocate -- mobile wireless device for location-based services, mapping

iShop -- mobile wireless device as interface to web services, also Wi-Fi PDA devices for content selection.

Do these give us ideas for campus use?

Giuseppe showed us Active Campus at UCSD. Huge deployment of wireless devices. Also Mobile Media Consortium at the University of Georgia .

Sam (HBS Publishing) mentioned that the HBS faculty in the Technology and Operations Management (TOM) Unit are looking at the networked organization -- what about brainstorming how you'd manage the virtual workgroup. This is similar to the current work the HBS IT Group is doing with a professor on an international entrepreneurship class where teams composed of students from around the world need to learn how to manage a virtual team of dispersed members using collaboration tools.

Larry (HBS ETMM) discussed that students wanting to reference things might be an actual need. Need to find these actual needs.

Denise (Harvard Law School IT)-- what about using systems like these to build profiles of student support groups (so folks who are having trouble on a topic can meet with each other and/or with somebody who might designate themselves as a tutor).

Mapping -- what about developing apps that could be downloaded for students, or even visitors? Dave H. talked about being able to access map to a location like Admissions, then also view some videos about the dept. Also what about micro-mapquest -- draw folks little maps on their phones to give them directions on campus.

Group agreed that students should be polled.

Nice Post

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