Ralph Valle, a part-time faculty member at Towson University, said “students have inundated us with positive feedback” since the NV3 kiosks were installed on the 20,000-student campus.
Whether for academic or personal use, he said, students’ constant use of mobile devices can leave their batteries dead with no time to run back to their dorm to charge the device for several hours.
“It’s no secret that today’s college student spends a significant amount of their time — both personal and for their studies — on their smart phone, tablet, or other mobile internet computing device,” Valle said, adding that the NV3 kiosk was placed near the university’s student union, a location with consistent foot traffic.
College students using their phones to watch videos and other streaming web content that requires significant battery power means many fully-charged batteries are frequently sapped during the school day, said Ryan Doak, managing partner at NV3 Technologies.
“The need for convenient battery charging options while on the go is an absolute necessity,” he said.
NV3 Technologies also makes a desktop version of its charging station, which also charges up to 12 devices at once.
A survey of 500 students nationwide conducted by a researcher at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., showed that smart phone usage among college students increased from 27 percent in February 2009 to 48 percent in July 2010.
Nine of 10 students who own a smart phone use the device to access the internet, according to the Ball State survey, conducted by journalism professor Michael Hanley, director of the university’s Institute for Mobile Media Research.
More recent evidence suggests mobile device usage on college campuses has increased tenfold over the past year as computer tablets come down in price and become more commonplace.
Technology officials at the University of Missouri-Columbia reported last month that the number of wireless devices connected to the school’s network increased from 900 last academic year to 8,000 this fall.