Friday, September 30, 2005

A hand-held kiosk (

When Travis Misurell arrived for freshman orientation at Montclair State University last month, he received the ultimate welcome gift.

School officials handed him a $250 Motorola cellphone - and told him to use it.

Not for phone calls, but to tap into a multitude of "channels" packed with news and updates on campus happenings.

Misurell and his classmates soon discovered they could use the phone to display everything from daily dining hall menus to a map updated every few seconds showing the exact location of campus shuttle buses.

"It's pretty useful, and it's going to get better and better," said Misurell, a 19-year-old from Little Silver.

So far, more than 1,400 of Montclair's 16,000 students are using the phones, and more are signing up daily. Incoming freshmen living on campus received the phones for free. Other students pay $50. (more...)