08 Mar '11, 3am

$100m boost for real-time info apps

SOMEONE collapses on the street. A passer-by whips out his mobile phone and activates a phone app which locates doctors in the area. Even before the ambulance arrives, a doctor who happens to be jogging nearby is already performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him. Dream inventions like this may one day become a reality with developments in the burgeoning interactive digital media (IDM) sector. The potential of such applications, which could benefit ordinary users, is why the National Research Foundation (NRF) announced on Monday a new $100 million programme in IDM. Called the IDM Futures Funding Initiative, it will help universities, polytechnics and businesses develop applications that can help people by providing them with real-time information. The fund will be disbursed by the inter-agency IDM Programme Office hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore...

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