New mobile app helps give neonatologists the full picture

By: Lanna Crucefix for U of T News  Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A first-of-its-kind mobile application developed by U of T professors is giving neonatologists quick and reliable guidance when undertaking cardiac assessments on newborns.  And it’s available free from iTunes. Developed by Dr. Patrick McNamara of the departments of Paediatrics and Physiology and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Dr. Afif El-Khuffash of the department of Paediatrics and Mount Sinai Hospital, the application serves as portable reference guide.

It’s designed for staff and trainee neonatologists who are performing Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography (TnECHO) ultrasounds on the hearts of newborns – tests that aid in clinical diagnosis.  (read more)

UTORmobi: Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) at U of T

UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) enables clients to use wireless broadband Internet connection for mobile phone services – including voice calls, mobile browsing, email, MMS, SMS, and basically any mobile service you use a network connection for. This presentation endeavours to expand on UMA technology, currently being used in industry, and provide a scenario in which UMA could potentially provide a significant cost savings to he University communication infrastructure. (continue reading…)

Whoa! University of Toronto: Oohalala Mobile Launches North America’s First Campus Augmented Reality Game

On January 23rd, Oohlala Mobile announced the transformation of University of Toronto’s St. George campus into a virtual playground. By downloading the app, Oohlala, students become contestants in a digital treasure hunt, utilizing the GPS on their smartphones to locate and acquire the treasure. (continue reading…)

IST Spring Conference – The Role of Mobile Phones in Youth Social Networks: a Study in Transitions

The second speaker at the IST conference was Dr. Rhonda McEwen, a professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of  Toronto.    She spoke about her study on how young people use mobile phones during the first year at university – a time of major transition in their lives.

She studied 175 University of Toronto and Ryerson University students, aged 17-22.  58% were female and 60% were Canadian born.  43% had left home for the first time, and were feeling vulnerable and lonely.  So it makes total sense that 85% called their friends and family on a daily basis.  Mobile phones are the technological ties that bind. (continue reading…)

SPARK Challenge Apps Workshop #2 & Round 1 Winner Presentations

The SPARK Challenge invites post-secondary students across the GTA to develop original and innovative applications for the Android market. The Challenge encourages participants to get creative and think about how application technologies can be used for social engagement, knowledge dissemination and collaboration. Develop your application to improve one of three categories: education, business collaboration, or social responsibility.

We look forward to your submissions! Good Luck!
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