Mar 28, 2011

A few links to start the week: AR for libraries, Accessible Musical Slideshows (Spectronics), Health Care Design, Big Data (GigaOM)

AR FOR THE LIBRARY (Supports productivity for librarians)
The article below discusses an Android-based app developed by Miami Unversity's Augmented Reality Research Group:
Awesome Augmented Reality App Could Save Librarians Hours Audrey Watters, ReadWriteWeb, 3/27/11
In the related video, Dr. Bo Brinkman (Miami University-Ohio) demonstrates the prototype AR app using a Samsung Galaxy Tab:

Although there are probably more creative ways to use AR in libraries, this application is a start!

Make musical slideshows in minutes - switch accessible too! Barbara Landsberb, Spectronics Blog, 12/17/10
An image of the Slideshow Maker
Slideshow Maker was designed to work on a range of displays, including touch screens. It it easy to use.  
Slideshow Maker Manual This is an external link (1.8 MB)  Note:  SlideshowMaker was not yet available in the US at the time of the above post. If I find a video about Slideshow Maker, I will post it here.

The article below is a must-read for anyone thinking about developing applications for health care professionals, clinics, hospitals, patients, etc.  In my opinion, it is very important to look at the "Big Picture", especially for techies who are responsible for  information architecture in this field.
For the Future of Health Care Design, Look Beyond the  Hospital Fast Company Design, 3/25/11 "Here, Jean Mah and Robin Guenther, two health-care design experts at architecture firm Perkins + Will, look at what the future holds for our health care systems." -Ed. (Fast Company)

In the article below, the topic of "Big Data" is addressed.  Low power computing solutions are needed in order to handle the number-crunching and information visualization tasks necessary for humans to understand and effectively make use of "Big Data".

Katie Fehrenbacher, GigaOM, 3/24/11
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