Bowl: token-based media for children

Ben delicioused me a link to an interesting paper called “Bowl: token-based media for children“. It describes a media player that is controlled by placing various objects (tokens) into a bowl. The idea was to create a control interface that is easy for children to use and which establishes links between particular physical objects and Read more about Bowl: token-based media for children[…]


Last week I read a 2004 paper called MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters. It was written by a couple of Google researchers, and details a simple programming model and library for processing large datasets in parallel. MapReduce is used by Google under the hood for lots of different things, from indexing to machine Read more about MapReduce[…]

Android – the open platform for mobile apps

So Android has been released. As I suspected, Google has not actually released a phone of their own. Could be an interesting platform for researchers in the mobile/ubiquitous computing space who want to develop prototypes quickly. One of the creators of the platform hopes that someone develops an application that can help interpret his wife’s Read more about Android – the open platform for mobile apps[…]

Meeting of the minds

Enough politics. Back to a more wholesome topic… Here’s a photo of a dinner we held for Anind Dey at the Brasserie on the River a couple of weeks ago. The photo contains two of my previously mentioned ubiquitous computing inspirators. Clockwise from the top right we have Jaga Indulska, Anind Dey, Karen Henricksen (Robinson), Read more about Meeting of the minds[…]

Ubiquitous Computing: People who inspire me

A few weeks ago, I discovered that IEEE Distributed Systems Online maintains a list of the key people in the field of mobile and pervasive computing. Here’s a much shorter list of people in pervasive computing whose work has inspired me. The list might be biased towards the sub-areas of ubiquitous computing with which I Read more about Ubiquitous Computing: People who inspire me[…]

Privacy in social software

If I was to enter your address and other personal details into an online application like Plaxo (an address book/calendar), and those details were leaked (or sold, for that matter – not that Plaxo would do that), how pissed would you be. Would you forgive me for storing your details in some third party database? Read more about Privacy in social software[…]

RUNES project: Fire in Tunnel scenario

The following video gives a taste of what ubiquitous computing researchers around the world are working towards. This video has particular relevance for the SAFE project, because it deals with an emergency scenario. It’s a professionally made video, and very interesting to watch. One hopes RUNES didn’t blow their whole budget on this! (To be Read more about RUNES project: Fire in Tunnel scenario[…]

On Surveillance

I don’t have a problem with someone filming another person on their mobile phone in a public area where it’s obvious that many people are watching, so why do I have a problem with surveillance cameras in workplaces and some other locations? Isn’t that inconsistent? What’s the difference? I think the answer is that the Read more about On Surveillance[…]