A Look At U of M’s iPhone Challenge Winners

Posted May 13, 2009

The Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has conducted an iPhone Application Challenge.  This competition gives students a chance to win prizes such as iPod Touches or iTunes Gift Certificates.  This also gives students an incentive to learn how to build iPhone applications.

Earlier this week the Office of Technology Transfer announced the winners.  Below are the top 8 applications.

Application: Lytes, Category: Business

Lytes is an application that has the ability to quickly pull information about medical causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of electrolyte disorders.

Application: iToolbox, Category: Utility

iToolbox is an application that has five tools that are commonly used by carpenters.  This includes a flashlight, ruler, protractor, bubble level, and caliper set.

Application: Sound Fury, Category: Game

Sound Fury is a sound mnemonic game that focuses on memory.  The game will play several animal sounds in a sequence andthe user has to play them back in the same order.  The longer the game is played, the more challenging the game becomes.

Application: Campus to Campus, Category: Travel

Campus to Campus is an application that incorporates bus schedules and average commute times.  There is also a favorites route, a smart stop, and a trip planning feature.

Application: TalkingWalls, Category: Social Networking

TalkingWalls is an application where users can add oral stories about communities that they have visited.  This would be a great feature to use for tour guides to leave oral stories about different landmarks too.

Honorable Mentions:
StoryTime: An application that helps young writers to practice writing using different mechanics to trigger thoughts.  For example, children can be asked to watch a video and then write about what happened.
ThoughtShout: ThoughtShout is a way to randomly broadcast thoughts in your head and share them similar to Twitter.
GroupLoops: GroupLoops uses the accelerometer to playback music depending on physical gestures.  If a group of people get together and use this application, you may be able to produce something very musical.

No word on whether these applications will be submitted to iTunes, but it was still interesting to see what these students came up with at the University of Michigan.  Earlier this month, Larry Page gave a great commencement speech at the U of M.