Device Collaboration for Ubiquitous Computing: Scenarios and Challenges

Incessant innovation in mobile device technologies over the last several years has significantly changed the way we access and use information, communicate, and entertain ourselves. Environmental devices, such as projectors and large flat screen monitors, are being deployed in public spaces such as train stations, airports, and malls. Proliferation of wireless technologies makes it possible for mobile and environmental devices to interact in new ways and in more situations. Our project, Celadon, advocates the symbiotic use of devices to mitigate the inherent shortcomings of each class of devices and poses several challenges that need to be overcome.

In this paper we present several scenarios from diverse domains where device symbiosis can improve worker productivity, effectiveness, and quality of life. The challenges that are unique to these environments are analyzed. We end with thoughts on how device manufacturers, software vendors, and public organizations can collaborate to overcome these challenges and promote device symbiosis.

By: C. Narayanaswami, M. T. Raghunath, M. C. Rosu, H. K. Jang, S. E. Jin, S. Y. Kim, M. C. Lee, S. Lee, Y. S. Paik

Published in: RC24031 in 2005


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