Strategy Meeting February 5th, 1998
10 am in David's office
Present: DavidM, Henk, Nathan, DavidC, Jim
This meeting followed on from the previous meeting where we brainstormed a list of
possible research questions. There were no further contributions to the question list, the
consensus being that we had covered most of the ground.
As a way of driving the process forward, Jim proposed a set of milestones that would
allow us to tackle most questions. After discussion, the group added some specification
and platform-development milestones and we arrived at the following milestone plan:
- May '98. We have a full specification of the Wearable Platform that is sufficient to
allow detailed planning of the work to be carried out over the Summer period and to form
the foundation for end-user documentation.
- August '98. We have developed a realiable Wearable Platform that is documented and
designed such that future students can incorporate new sensor types, IO peripherals types
and applications and that allows those applications to communicate with other applications
running on a server.
- October '98. We have built a proof of concept application demonstrating:
- Contextual awareness. The wearable computer uses physical sensor data to estimate the
mental context and/or goals of the wearer. The computer then applies this contextual
information to improve the quality of its interaction with the wearer.
- Dynamic connectivity to local peripherals. The wearable computer automatically adapts to
use peripherals in the local environment following selection by the user. No pre-loading
of device drivers is required and ideally the peripheral connection should be wireless.
- Personalization. There is a simple method by which the wearer is able to chose
applications to run on their wearable computer.
- January '99. We have revised the Wearable Computing platform. The platform may be
sleaker or may incorporate interface or ruggedness improvements over the first design.
- July '99. We have two or three example wearable applications built around our wearable
- October '99. We have built a proof of concept application that supports group
interaction in addition to contextual awareness, dynamic connectivity and personalization.
This will require a server or web based application performing a coordinating function
- January '00. We have evaluated wearer reaction to wearable computing in a qualitative
evaluation user trial.
- August '00. We have developed a good feel for THE most compelling application(s) of
situated computing and have built a demonstrator to prove our intuitions. End of the
OK, and that's the end of our current round of strategizing. We had lengthy discussions
about whether we had the resources to meet these resources. It looks tight, but worth
trying. We also need to think about bringing other partners on board. Philips? Is there
any chance of getting more resource support from HPLB or more technical time from
permanent staff at Bristol University?
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