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

The Trend • Background of VCU – Medical and academic campus – 15, 000 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

PDA Projects at VCU • • Allied Health Professions– Nurse Anesthesia Surgery – Grand 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

Nurse Anesthesia • Grant for simulator-based training videos for graduate students • Short instructional 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

Dept. of Surgery • Need to take attendance during Grand Rounds • Requirements for 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

Palm Magnetic Stripe Scanner Palm Magnetic Stripe Scanner

Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities • • University affiliated program Initial approach and project Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities • • University affiliated program Initial approach and project proposals VIDD staff generate many ideas Project selected – Autistic individuals – Han. Dera 330 and Memo. Plus

School of Pharmacy • Residents and faculty using PDAs in clinical rounds • Plans 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

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

Clarinet Systems Ir. Da Infrared www. clarinetsystems. com Clarinet Systems Ir. Da Infrared www. clarinetsystems. com

Beaming Beaming

Beaming Kiosk Javits Convention Center, Manhattan, NY Beaming Kiosk Javits Convention Center, Manhattan, NY

First Impressions First Impressions

Conversion Conversion

Mass Conversion Mass Conversion

Computer Based Instruction Lab • Targeted Participants • CBIL provided – Handspring Visor Deluxe 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

Occupational Therapy • Support call from a faculty member… Occupational Therapy • Support call from a faculty member…

PDA Connections to the Internet • Modems – serial modem devices or CF modem PDA Connections to the Internet • Modems – serial modem devices or CF modem cards • LAN – CF Ethernet Card • Infrared connections – Cell phone with Ir. DA port <-> PDA • Wireless – Fixed wireless with access points – Remote via wireless services

Capabilities of PDAs • • Pocket Internet Explorer Windows CE’s Inbox (POP 3 and Capabilities of PDAs • • Pocket Internet Explorer Windows CE’s Inbox (POP 3 and IMAP 4) 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 • Avant. Go Channels – Pocket PC and Palm OS devices

PDA Applications • Word documents – Pocket. PC Word – Documents to Go • PDA Applications • Word documents – Pocket. PC Word – Documents to Go • Han. DBase Relational Database – Pocket PC and Palm compatible • Ebook – Microsoft Reader; other free versions – Ebooks download (www. memoware. com) -cross platformats and free – Audio books – www. audible. com – Mint your own e. Books

The Wireless Connection • Fixed wireless – PC and CF cards used to connect The Wireless Connection • Fixed wireless – PC and CF cards used to connect to LAN – Modules for Handspring and Palm M 500 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

Development • Web programming – HTML, Java, XML, etc. • C and C++/Java (Palm Development • Web programming – HTML, Java, XML, etc. • C and C++/Java (Palm conduits); Assembler; Visual Basic (App. Forge), Microsoft e. Mbedded Visual Tools • Forms programs – Pendragon and Satellite

VCU PDA Projects • VCU POPS (Pockets of Progress Site) http: //www. vcu. edu/ucs/POPS/ VCU PDA Projects • VCU POPS (Pockets of Progress Site) http: //www. vcu. edu/ucs/POPS/

Other Issues • What about security? – Extensible Authentication Protocol – Security utilities • Other Issues • What about security? – Extensible Authentication Protocol – Security utilities • Crypt. Info, Read. This!, Teal. Lock, etc. • What about cost? • What about limitations – Why not just buy a laptop?

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

References • VCU POPS: – http: //www. vcu. edu/ucs/POPS/ • VCU Library – Personal References • VCU 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/ Dynasys Copilot (interface for mag stripe reader) – http: //www. dyna-sys. com/ Clarinet Systems (Ir. Da switches) – www. clarinetsystems. com/ Blazer Palm compatible browser – http: //www. handspring. com/software/blazer_details. jhtml Fireviewer (media web portal for Palm OS devices) – http: //www. fireviewer. com/index. html