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Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009 | No Comments

Five innovative ways new media is being used outside the IUPUI campus:

1) Digital Sheet Music Tablet (link)

-This tablet is able to store thousands of sheets of music and display them on a backlit LCD screen. The benefits of this device are obvious. When I was playing music, I sometimes forgot my folder of music or brought the wrong one before a concert and would have to get the original copy from our conductor. This device would eliminate that problem. The device even allows you to mark directly onto the displayed sheet of music, which is something music performers need to do constantly. From what I can tell, there are several different versions of the hardware you can get and , but the basic idea of this device is great.

2) IntelliDOT Bedside Medication Administration (link)

-This device is geared towards reducing the frequency of errors caused by poor communication between health professionals. The fact of the matter is that improper dosaging and medication application is more common than it should be in hospitals. About a year ago when my grandma was admitted to the hospital, it took three shifts' worth of nurses before a competent one was assigned to check on her and noticed that the previous nurses had put her on the wrong medication and done a few other things incorrectly. I was both shocked and appalled that something like this happened, but there's not much, if anything, that can be done after the fact.

This device works by reading a barcode attached to the patient's wrist, which then provides the nurse or doctor with the patient's health information, including prescriptions, dosages, and proper medication administration techniques. Also, "in a hospital equipped with a computerized pharmacy, a doctor can electronically submit a prescription to the hospital’s pharmacy, and the pharmacy can transmit the prescription along with administration instructions to the IntelliDot BMA. Under this system, a hospital can eliminate the need for handwritten prescriptions and therefore greatly reduce the risk of errors caused by a physician’s poor hand."

3) Plants that send you Twitter updates when they're thirsty! (link)

-Unlike the other devices I researched, this one isn't very useful business-wise. I think it's still a neat concept, however. How does it work? Soil-moisture sensors, which are connected to a circuit board, measure the moisture level in the soil and communicate that information to a microcontroller. The device can be configured for different plant types as well as different characteristics and qualities of the soil. Depending on the moisture level in the soil, a message is transmitted wirelessly to Twitter and sent to you.

"There's always a basic "I'm thirsty, could you please water me" message. But they also accelerate in terms of need, so there's an urgent message: "I'm desperately thirsty, please water me,"" says co-creator Kate Hartman.

4) Electronic Flight Bag (link)

This device was designed to reduce or replace the paper-based material that has been used by airlines in the past. A pilot's carry-on "flight bag" comes with a lot of reference material, such as an Aircraft Operating Manual (let's hope he's fluent with this one), Aircrew Operating Manual, Navigational Charts, and communication frequencies for various airports around the globe. Compared to the average of 40 pounds that the former flight bags weighed, this 1-5 pound device is much more convenient. Another benefit is that the manuals, charts, and communication frequencies can be updated regularly without requiring a brand new paper reference to be printed. The device is much like a laptop, except specialized for this specific purpose. I would imagine that it is also much quicker to search through the reference material using this device.

5) eAudiobooks (link)

-First it was the card catalog system, then it was an electronic system, and now it is eAudiobooks. The difference now is that the item or items you're checking out are also digital. No more tapes, CDs, or DVDs that can get lost or damaged. The system works just like your local library. Simply log in and choose what you want to check out. Then, you can download the item to your computer (legally!) and enjoy it. The license for your checked-out item will expire at the end of your checkout period, but you can renew it just like you can at your library. However, since there are infinite copies, you don't need to worry about running out of renew time!

It seems a bit dumb considering all the torrenting and illegal file sharing that goes on these days, but the upside is that it's legal and it works just like your local library. So, if you're worried about the **AA coming after you for illegally obtaining copies of copyrighted works, give this system a try and feel safe going to bed at night.


My favorite from this list of new media devices is probably the digital sheet music tablet. It's a great idea.

Who did it? Leoné MusicReader

How did they do it? They created a display device, which is basically a battery-operated backlit LCD touch-screen with some speakers. I am unsure if the device can be plugged directly into an outlet, but it would make sense to include that feature. They also created software which stores and displays sheet music among other features, such as a built-in metronome, tuner, and zoom function.

For whom did they do it? For music performers and anyone with a large library of sheet music.

How might you be able to use what you learned about this innovative use of new media to help you when doing your final project? I know it's cliché, but I think this research will help me think outside of the box and find alternative, more elegant ways to accomplish things.

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