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Dagstuhl Ubicomp - Abstract
10 Lessons Learned about Ubiquitous Computing
Roy Want, Intel Research
In the last ten years, many forays have been made into Ubiquitous Computing
and a number of early lessons have been learned at various levels of system
design. These projects have explored component technologies, architectures,
user interfaces, and applications. In this presentation I describe a number of
the early systems built at Olivetti Research and at the Xerox Palo Alto
Research Center (PARC) that explore, and have contribute to, this still nascent
body of knowledge.
Projects described include the (1) Active Badge Location System, a system for
locating people in an office building; (2) PARCTab, one of the first
context-aware computers, and a set of early context-based applications.
Deployment of these technologies in a real user community allowed us to study
how users responded to context-ware capabilities. In ten years, we have made
considerable technological progress and this experience is now directly
relevant to new systems being designed, and as a result here I report on ten of
the most valuable lessons learned from the earlier work.