Module 2 – CaseWireless Technology Hardware and Software

Case Wireless Technology Hardware and Software

Assignment Overview

What is Pervasive Computing?

It is computing power freed from the desktop—embedded in wireless handheld devices, automobile telematics systems, home appliances, and commercial tools-of-the-trade. Pervasive computing software helps manage information and reduce complexity for a mobile workforce and a mobile society. In the enterprise, it extends timely business data to workers in the field and drives down costs. In our personal lives, it expands our freedom to exchange information anytime, anywhere. These new technologies will require more mobile hardware devices to support the expanding view.
Case Assignment

There are two parts in this Case Assignment:

Part 1:

Review the mobile mintablets article and the Intel article from the background readings. These will give you some perspective of recent developments in hardware incentives and development which is the basis for many new hardware platforms. Answer the following questions in a 2- to 3-page paper.

Where do you think pervasive computing will expand to next? Explain your answer.
How does pervasive computing affect your life? As a consumer or employee, would you make use of these different systems? Why or why not? As a wireless developer, which applications do you think have the most promise and what could you do to make those applications a reality?
Does the idea of an open phone with developers “free” to develop and make available applications make sense? What are the benefits? What are the limitations?

Use information from the modular background readings as well as the given resources. Also, you could use any good quality resource you can find. Please cite all sources and provide a reference list at the end of your paper.

LENGTH: 2-3 pages and double-spaced.

The following items will be assessed in particular:

Your ability to consolidate ideas from reading materials and your understanding of the materials.
Your ability to write a report with strong argument.
Some in-text references to modular background readings.

Part 2:

Development Process for Wireless Applications [MIDP]

Carefully read the articles from the background readings on Linux do a Walkabout and also visit the web sites of Openmoko (both .org and .com) as referenced in the background readings. These readings will give you an introduction to the Neo phone which is being developed via open source software (Linux) and the hardware is also open to a degree. Then, work your way carefully through the first tutorial below. You won’t need the phone to do the tutorial.

Software Development for the OpenMoko Linux Phone, retrieved from: http://www.ibm.com/

Now also work through the next tutorial below:

Wireless Development Tutorial, Part II, retrieved from: (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/tutorial2-138827.html)

Work through all of the above tutorial elements. This means that you will need to download and install Tomcat on your computer. A version of Tomcat is included in the background section of module 1. You may download and install that version on your computer. Don’t worry if the version called for in the tutorial is not the same version you download — use the downloaded version.

Provide screen shots and copies of any code your produce. Include all with a 2-page summary of your experiences and how you view these emerging technologies for mobile phones. Combine everything into a zip file for upload.
Assignment Expectations

The following items will be assessed in particular:

Whether you have followed through on the tutorial
Successfully running the tutorial code.
A well written report thoroughly explaining your view

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