The Smartphone in Your Pocket – Refreshing the Hardware of EE 579
Organizer: Murali Annavaram
Sponsored: Spring 2011
The goal of this MHI grant was to provide greater platform selection to the students of EE 579 (Wireless and Mobile Networks Design and Laboratory).
The goal of this MHI grant was to provide greater platform selection to the students of EE 579 (Wireless and Mobile Networks Design and Laboratory). Prior to receiving the grant, the students had access to ten Nokia N95 smart phones. By including iPhone and Android alternatives students would be able to select a platform that best met their application goal or matched their target user demographic. The MHI grant supported the purchase of seven Android Nexus One phones and eight iPhone 3GS phones. Students embraced these purchases enthusiastically; seven groups used Andorid Nexus One phones for applications varying from weLobby (a social networking application for lobbying congres) to a dating service. Five groups selected the iPhone alternative for their final project, creating applications such as Hungry Pig (a 2-d tile based game in which a pig tries to eat falling food, pig movement being controlled by tilting the phone) to an augmented reality application that used the camera to overlay directions to a destination.