Information systems are constantly evolving to use new technologies. Mainframes, desktop PCs, client/server, and web architectures are all now commonly used. The types of technologies used in these systems now also include low-priced mobile computing and devices. These mobile devices are typified by the now popular iPhone and Blackberry smart phones, but may also include PDAs, Tablet PCs, and other specialized hand-held computers. These devices are being incorporated into modern information systems to collect and present data to workers who are otherwise too active to use a traditional PC.
The Mobile Computing Lab offers students an environment where they are able to explore as well as develop the skills and knowledge in order to create new technologies, new innovations in order to increase efficiency and usability for individuals. The mobile software development curriculum was established in fall 2002.