Tag Archives: apps

Your kid’s apps are crammed with ads

By | November 2, 2018

Many developers market apps for children as being educational. So Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician at the U-M Medical School who wrote the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for children and media, wanted to check that out. Her team of researchers spent hundreds of hours playing 135 different games. Published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the… Read More »

Tech Tip: Wakelet turns many links into one

Starting in about 2011, Storify dominated the niche of tools to harvest, collect, and organize social media and related content into meaningful collections or “stories.” But by early 2018, when Storify announced it would be closing, the market was wide open for a replacement and Wakelet came to the forefront. My colleague, emerging technologies librarian Patricia Anderson (who co-authored this post),… Read More »

U-M startup launches 3D app that maps pain

By | September 17, 2018

GeoPain, a mobile pain tracking app, launched to the public last month from MoxyTech, a U-M startup. It gives users a 3D image of the body to zero in on the pain—its location and intensity—allowing patients to quickly “paint” their pain on anatomically accurate 3D models using a phone or tablet. “It’s a more objective measurement of pain that… Read More »

EIAM Program improves experience for tens of thousands

The Enterprise Identity and Access Management (EIAM) program began 18 months ago to improve how people obtain and use accounts to access U-M services. The program came to an official close this summer. The program’s ambitious scope included the entire U-M community—Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine. The team sought to reduce today’s pain points and to plan for improvements into the future.

It’s official! New Michigan App now available

If you were one of the many who joined the beta testing for the Michigan App, you’ve hopefully taken the opportunity to explore the new features and more modern interface, and provide input. After several months of incorporating tester feedback, the new Michigan App is now available to everyone! The new Michigan App was first released to beta… Read More »

Online tool helps ease burden of dementia caregivers

Helen C. Kales, a U-M professor of psychiatry, leads the Program for Positive Aging (PPA) that is working to create innovative options for dementia caregivers, providing reliable information and training, developing support and online tools, and studying to improve self-care. Kales, with the PPA and Johns Hopkins University collaborators developed a web-based support tool called the WeCareAdvisor. The… Read More »

Ross students create productivity app

Recent graduates Shayan Shafii, Reid Ovis, Aklavya Kashyap, Tristan Neeb, and Sean Dew developed a productivity app that pairs with Amazon’s Alexa to help people set and achieve their goals. These goals could be daily, weekly, or monthly in the context of physical, mental, or social capabilities. Named “Iris,” the app aggregates statistical insights regarding productive activity versus counterproductive behaviors. The ultimate… Read More »

Michigan App released for public beta

The Michigan App has been available for limited beta for a little over two months. The development team took that feedback from testers and has now launched the public beta to all U-M staff, faculty, and students. The new app features a completely redesigned interface that helps streamline daily activities and supports success towards academic and personal goals for… Read More »

New app reinvents U-M bus system to be more like Uber

By | February 6, 2018

Reinventing Urban Transportation and Mobility (RITMO) aims to revolutionize public transit through an online app that turns transportation into an on-demand service. RITMO, partnering with Ford Motor Company, will allow students, faculty, and staff to use on-demand shuttle transportation linked with the U-M bus system. Pascal Van Hentenryck, a professor at the College of Engineering who leads the project, hopes… Read More »

AR, blood pressure, MGoView at Mobile Dev meeting

You never know what you’ll see at a U-M Mobile Developer Community meeting. The most recent one, held at North Quad on November 28, was no exception. About 35 attendees learned, for instance, about MGoView, a U-M Bicentennial mobile app that provides a fascinating look at U-M history. The app utilizes augmented reality, 360-degree view, and other features.… Read More »

Interested in emerging tech? Check out Cool Toys!

The Cool Toys Conversation group started out as one of the many spaces on campus where people share cool tech they’ve discovered for education, research, clinical care, outreach, and productivity. Since then, it’s evolved to become more of a community of practice around emerging trends and technologies, but without ever completely giving up the original sharing of cool… Read More »

Be a beta tester of the new Michigan App

U-M students, faculty, and staff can sign up to be part of the beta group for the release of the new, highly anticipated Michigan App. The new Michigan App is a cloud platform app that allows for a more modern interface, along with new features that streamline daily activities (bus, class schedule, dining, maps) and support success in… Read More »

Bicentennial app offers augmented reality experience

By | November 2, 2017

Throughout 2017, U-M has celebrated its Bicentennial in many ways. One particularly novel tribute is MGoView. Developed over 15 months at the School of Information, this multifaceted app offers a virtual tour—or augments a physical tour—of 30 sites on the U-M campus. Those on site can use the phone’s camera to view locations and find icons. Offsite, photos… Read More »

Ride-sharing apps affect car market

By | August 18, 2017

New research involving U-M’s Transportation Research Institute found that apps like Uber and DriveNow may be doing to cars what the web already did to newspapers. Two academic studies published this year have shown that people say they will reduce their use and ownership of private cars when they have access to ride-sharing or car-sharing apps. The U-M study of… Read More »

The aces of Spade

By | May 10, 2017

Growing up in Los Angeles, U-M student Jake Fleshner and his brother liked to visit a local deli, and then nearby stores before heading home. These local businesses often attracted similar customers, so why weren’t they promoting each other to their customer bases? That question eventually led to creating Spade America—a mobile app that lets consumers scan discounts as… Read More »