Project Meeting: 18th August 1998
At: 9:30am, MVB 3.35
Present: David M, Henk, Phil S, Dave R, Marianne, Jim
Designed and planned LocoMedia Summer Project covering themes:
- Initiated 3 fourth year projects in 97/98 (SitComp Sever, Virtual
sensors, Motion sensing)
- Sought wearable RA
- placed 3 ads in national press,
- advertised in newsgroups and Email lists
- interviewed 5 candidates, made two offers.
Thought up and started building Foot-Bridge short range comms link.
Increased profile within the community
- environmentally aware
- dynamically connected
- unconsciously wearable
- personal policies
- presented at IEE Symposium on Personal Technologies (Savoy Place)
Conducted LocoMedia Project
- presented FootBridge at ISWC '98 (Pittsburgh)
- attended 'HCI for Mobile devices' symposium (Glasgow)
- personal contacts at BT, Philips, UCL, Uni Kent, Uni Washington, Uni Oregon
- contact with other HP groups (HPL Mark Smith, XyberNaut, State Farm).
- 5 students working in new Info App Lab at MVB using PC104 hardware
- incorporated HP speech technology, FootBridge and SitComp server.
What we learnt
- Its hard to operate without a full time researcher driving the programme
at the Uni. jbr, hm
- We need better hardware support. Find more of Phil's time? Involve the EE
department more. Outsource more. jbr
- LocoMedia was slightly overambitious. Subtle, critical design issues
permeated the system. It was hard to keep control of these issues while still allowing
students freedom to do lower-level design as they liked. Use RA for more platform work.
- Its hard to attract RA applicants with broad systems skills - there's too
much competition from industry. Its hard to attract applicants to a new field. We must
revise expectations downwards or look for funds for a chair?! jbr, dm
- We need to pay more attention to robustness issues. dm
- Its unrealistic to expect to be able to direct students accurately. jbr
- It is essential to keep Mike (one of the five Summer Students - retained one day a week
this term) close to the project for at least the remainder of the year. Mike is doing
really excellent work on the platform and he is crucial to the success of the wearable
- We might consider getting Phil to collaborate with Bristol EE guys in an effort to
support his near-field work and ideas.
- We need to eliminate HW issues from platform debugging. Develop HW and SW
components to check the functioning of the platform.
- We need a systematic approach to deal with audio robustness:
- Track s/n ratio on sound card.
- Develop mic set up programme
- Measure how people use speech. Use this to tailor vocabulary and to redesign dialog.
- Could solve this by Marianne directing RA?
- We could use EE skills to develop fast wireless comms and then emphasise client/server
themes in wearables.
- We should be able to solve current platform power supply problems. Wires are too thin.
Could use PC104 power management boards, but then we would need to take power off the
PC104 to power other devices (GPS). jbr thinks the basic PC104 set up should be workable,
given the experience of MIT with their Lizzy system. Note that they use the same sound
card as us, though their whole system is better packaged in a single unit.
- Set RA on programme to improve robustness of platform. Nov 98
- LocoMedia demo. Xmas 98
- Involve EE dept in research. Jan 99
- Consider changing HW platform. Mar 99
- Stable, documented development platform supported by an RA. (realistic?)
- Collaborative and social applications built and tested by students. Oct
- Visits to other wearable groups (BT, Oregon?) Oct 99.
- LocoMedia presented to the broader wearable community. Oct 99.
- More partners added to BWCI, EU funding. 2000
- Contact Cliff to get him on board. dm
- Pay Mike! hm
- Arrange meeting to start him on programme of platform robustness development. jbr/hm
- Contact EE department to get them involved in programme. dm
- Set up meeting to discuss research agenda with EE folks. Get Phil in. jbr
- Think up necessary elements in a 'Cyber Jacket robustness checker' system. hm
- Phil finish FootBridge. pin
- Get latest speech recognition system going on CJ.
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