When Stanford University wanted to invent a whole new way to electronically connect its campus, it didn’t have to look very far, reports the San Mateo County Times: A bright, funny, and irrepressible group of 20-year-olds had some ideas. Lots of ideas, actually. Friends since boyhood, they’d been inventing things since before they were old enough to shave. Their creation–a free iPhone application called "iStanford" that ties in directly to the school’s computer network, allowing students to view grades, drop or add classes, view sports scores, and do a variety of other administrative tasks–was named by Time Magazine as one of 2008’s "Best New Inventions.’" An update to the application, to be unveiled in February, uses GPS technology so that students can figure out exactly where they are on the vast campus or locate the meandering campus shuttle bus. "I hope to never see anyone else sitting on a bench, with a map open," said team member Aaron Wasserman, an economics major. The concept is a natural fit for Stanford, where the iPhone has become almost as ubiquitous as sandstone, tile, and red sweatshirts. An estimated 4,000 of 8,000 students own either an iPhone or iPod Touch, which runs the same applications. iStanford’s inventors hope to expand the business to other campuses. Duke recently ordered what will become iDuke; negotiations are under way with scores of other universities, according to the team…

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