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eBiquity.ORG is a Slashdot-like portal for news and research development in Pervasive Computing. Intended scope covers devices, communication technology/protocols, infrastructure, middleware, software architectures, mobility, applications, m-commerce, and theory.Established in March 2000, the goal of eBiquity.ORG is to bring together students, researchers and technology enthusiasts to build a collaborative online community for Pervasive Computing.eBiquity.ORG is maintained and edited by the student members of the Ebiquity Research Group at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
ICOST 2005: 3rd International Conference On Smart homes and health Telematic
Posted by: Submit_News on Thursday, November 11, 2004 – 10:33 PMCALL FOR PAPERS

URL: http://icost2005.domus.usherbrooke.ca

Paper submission deadline : February 14th, 2005

ICOST aims at creating an active research community dedicated to explore how smart homes in particular and health telematics in general can foster independent living and an enhanced life style for elderly and disabled people. On the one hand, smart homes are augmented environment with embedded computers, information appliances, and multi-modal sensors allowing people to perform tasks efficiently by offering unprecedented levels of access to information and assistance from computer. We believe in a near future elderly and disabled people will resort to smart assistive technology to carry out daily living activities, socialize, and enjoy entertainment and leisure activities. On the other hand, health telematics makes the most of networks and telecommunications to propose health services, expertise and information at distance. It changes at root the way health related services (diagnosis, therapy, and assistance) can be conceived and used. For instance, telemonitoring can secure relatives and help medical staff to provide for better care.

How Smart Appliances Will Use Bluetooth
Posted by: hchen1 on Monday, October 11, 2004 – 08:49 AMAn interesting article that talks about the use of Bluetooth technology in smart appliances.

“What you might not know is that Bluetooth technology is currently being installed by well-known manufacturers – Whirlpool, Toshiba, Salton and Sears among them – into a variety of household appliances such as microwave ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers and coffeemakers. These so-called “smart” appliances will communicate with their owners as well as take commands, even when given from distant locations.

“Technology historically has come into the house through the kitchen,” said Ted Selker, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “I mean fire, water, air-conditioning (in the form of refrigeration), electrical heating and lighting.”

That Bluetooth may soon join this list is hinted at by the Polara refrigerated range from Whirlpool. This invention allows Mom to make dinner (lasagna, say, or a roast chicken with vegetables) the night before and then chill it overnight in her Polara. Next day, using Bluetooth technology, she can dial in her cooking temperature and time. When running late, she can command the oven to go into a warming mode or, if she’s tardier still, revert to refrigeration.

“There’s a lot of talk about interconnectivity, so much so that we’re all sick of it, yet everyone knows this is the future,” said James Dyson, the British inventor who recently introduced a Bluetooth-enhanced version of his bagless vacuum cleaner for the Japanese market. The consumer simply points a cell phone at the Dyson cleaner, and within seconds a complete diagnostic of the machine appears onscreen in front of a toll-free operator who can then offer advice on usage and/or repair.”

Read the full article at the BaltimoreSun.Com

TV aims for prime time in digital home
Posted by: hchen1 on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 – 12:20 AMA new standard aims to let people control audio-visual devices through a TV screen, a development that could help keep televisions central to home entertainment.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) trade group on Monday said it is publishing a user interface standard that uses Web browser-based communications to provide access to and control of networked components–such as a personal computer or digital video recorder–through the main TV screen from a single remote control.

The technology, dubbed CEA-2027, is unlike most previous home networking standards, CEA said, because it supports full control of any networked device, including all of its unique functions defined by the device manufacturer.

Read the full CNET story

Bluetooth folding keyboard enters the wild
Posted by: hchen1 on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 – 10:56 AMFrom the Register, “If you’ve been wondering when you’d be able to get a truly wireless keyboard for your PDA or smartphone, the wait is nearly over. However, neat as this latest Stowaway folding keyboard from Think Outside looks, it doesn’t come cheap.”
Go read the full story.

CFP: Second International Web Services Quality Workshop
Posted by: Submit_News on Friday, June 18, 2004 – 10:47 AMNew paper submission dateline:
1st July 2004.

Web services have emerged as a key technology from enterprise systems to ubiquitous computing. The idea of quality whether of services, experiences or business and their semantics are interesting and are concerns for research.
The workshop aims to foster and facilitate discussion and collaboration amongst researchers.

Further details are available at:

Blog: Agent Software for Mobile and Pervasive Computing
Posted by: Submit_News on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 – 10:20 AMI am doing PhD research on agents, mobile computing and context-aware systems (the core of ubiquitous computing). I decided to ‘share’ what I am finding on the way by recording the worthy entries in a blog (I used a blog system only because it is easier to publish dynamic information)

Agent Software for Mobile and Pervasive Computing

Selected material on Agent-based Software for/and Mobile and Pervasing Computing

Check at: http://mobileandpervasive.blogspot.com/

Replace Wires with the New AirPort Express
Posted by: hchen1 on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 – 10:23 AMApple has unveiled a new wireless product that potentially will replace many different types of wires in our homes. This new prodcut called AirPort Express, similar to the existing AirPort that can act as a wireless router (802.11g), but it can do much more. For example, it can provide printer sharing and audio streaming.

This is a product that I have been waiting for a long long time… No more wires between my PC and the stereo system. All my MP3 and internet radio stations can be streamed over air wave.

Shorthand Typing at Keyboard Speeds (for Tablet PC)
Posted by: Submit_News on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 – 02:59 PMAt Last! Pen-based typing that’s fast, easy, and even fun.

Boston, 25 May 2004 – Network Improv today introduced the first shorthand typing method for Tablet PC, included in its new AlphaTap v1.5 software. AlphaTap’s Lightning Shorthand is much easier to learn than traditional shorthand and far faster than handwriting and other pen-based text input methods. As users have discovered, the tablet form factor is compelling and highly mobile, but handwriting is a very slow way to interact with a PC.

Users can master Lightning Shorthand in as little as one week of regular use, and achieve sustained typing speeds of 40-50 wpm — equivalent to a proficient touch-typist. AlphaTap provides an ergonomic layout, with a 4×7 “staircase” of keys in right- or left-handed orientation, to place the user’s pen motion within their natural range for handwriting.

AlphaTap’s Lightning Shorthand feature uses a vocabulary of the most common words and syllables in English, covering over 50% of typical English usage. The human mind readily associates these common words with the gestures of simple pen strokes. AlphaTap guides a first-time user through Lightning Shorthand strokes, so they are learned on the fly without special training.

“The research community has been pursuing an ideal pen/tablet-based texting mechanism for over ten years,” said Liam Breck, President of Network Improv. “We have combined some of their insights with our own research to create a solution that’s more productive and learnable than we actually thought possible when we started.”

(Note: the Palm & PocketPC alphabets are simplified longhand, not shorthand, and so do not provide a speed advantage vs. handwriting.)

AlphaTap provides a full-fledged replacement for the Tablet PC Input Panel by including a complete set of keys in a layout optimized for pen use. This layout “floats” in a small translucent window, using a minimal amount of screen space.

AlphaTap v1.5 with Lightning Shorthand is available to download from the Network Improv web site and may be trialed free of charge for thirty days. AlphaTap is $39 for personal use, and may also be licensed for integration with Tablet PC solutions.


MobiSys 2004
Posted by: UbiquitousDude on Wednesday, May 26, 2004 – 06:09 PM
Second International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys 2004)

June 6-9, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts

MobiSys 2004 is going to feature 22 exciting presentations, with a strong emphasis upon application aspects of mobile systems research. We will share practical experiences gained from designing, building and using mobile systems, applications, and services. Some of the highlights include:

* Technical program
Keynote speaker: Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
Keynote speaker: Genevieve Bell, Intel Research
Panel Discussion on RFID
Poster, Demo, and Video Session
* Workshop on Novel Applications Based on Mobile-Embedded Systems
Keynote speaker: William J. Kaiser, UCLA
* Workshop on Context Awareness

GPS in A Box
Posted by: hchen1 on Sunday, May 02, 2004 – 08:02 PMWidget UK is pleased to unveil two powerful new “GPS In A Box” solutions for the PalmOne organizer platform. Each of these affordably priced bundles includes a PalmOne Tungsten E organizer, a Bluetooth GPS Receiver and powerful ViaMichelin MapSonic software. One bundle ships with the MapSonic software on CD-ROM media, the second with the maps pre-installed to a secure digital memory card. Both bundles come in attractive retail packaging and will be in demand by Windows and Macintosh owners alike. Cost: £329.99 or £399.99