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Client Framework for the REAL Smart Door Displays


Madrigal Mora,  Cristián
International Max Planck Research School, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

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Madrigal Mora, C. (2003). Client Framework for the REAL Smart Door Displays. Master Thesis, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken.

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Technological advances have permitted computers to incur into barely every aspect of our daily lives. Every day there are more services available to us through a varied array of devices. Mobile phones, portable video games, digital agendas provide means to make our every day life easier. As technology improves these devices will become smaller and more powerful, eventually ubiquitous computing will cause the merge of computers with our surroundings: office furniture, windows and doors. The current work presents the development of the client side of a framework for the study of the human interaction with such environment-embedded devices. The environment for such an interaction is the Chair of Artificila Intelligence in Saarland University, and the devices are Pocket Digital Assistants embedded next to each office's door and they function as embedded displays. The displays provide information about the office occupants, their schedules and allow visitors to leave voice and written messages or request appointments. These diplays also take part into a pedestrian navigation system effort that forms part of Project REAL [BKW02]. The displays provide users with a variety of information, for instance, way directions to aid in the indoor navigation task. Our intention is that over a longer period of time new applications and services are provided through these embedded displays and enable further research on human machine interaction.