What is the most creative thing you have done with your Windows Mobile device?

What is the most creative thing you have done with your Windows Mobile device?

A very good question, I am sure most people have used the screen or LED flash of their Windows Mobile device as a flashlight in a pinch. Many including myself have also used the camera to a picture of something they can’t physically get to. For example I had used my camera to read an Ethernet quad box name that was behind a new multi-ton Prosthetics Milling machine that had just been installed, but no one had documented the port it was on. Many have used their devices as a webcam monitor to their house. A friend of mine has some X10 home automation hooked up to a webcam that notifies him with an email of a picture when any motion is detected in his driveway. If it is a delivery truck, he has an agreement with his drivers to leave it in the garage that he remotely opens and closes when they leave.

My usage isn’t is as elaborate, but I too have used it for basic TV viewing, listening to satellite radio, looking up passwords, reading/replying to email, making calls, remote administering a computer, checking computer log files, etc. I would have to say the most interesting thing I have used a Windows Mobile device for is using one for Laryngeal throat swallowing studies. Where in the clinical setting a laptop was too large to be used to take pictures of a throat swallowing procedure at a patient’s bedside.

The setup consisted of a Nikon digital camera with adapter for a Wolf Rigid Laryangeal scope, a Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC, a portable light source, LifeView FlyGrabber CF video capture card and an SD memory card. The Pocket PC with the PocketFly software was able of capturing the video and snapshots directly on the Pocket PC while using the PocketPC as a “steering†monitor and imager. The setup was easy for one person to operate and manipulate to get the “right†shot. I was asked by the Chief of Audiology if there was a way to do this without having to bring his large Video tower which is 6 feet tall and 26 inches wide by the bedside for pre-and post operative patients under -going throat surgery. He asked for a portable system that could easily be manipulated with one hand and could fit so he could use it by the bedside, their current system didn’t work. This solution of using a Pocket PC allowed for the recorded video and images to be uploaded directly to the patient file as well providing a great portable system that can be operated by a single person by the bedside.

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