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The Bristol Wearable Computing Initiative is concerned with exploring the
potential of computer devices that are as unconsciously portable and as personal as
clothes or jewelry. The initiative was set up in Bristol, England at
the start of 1997 as a collaboration between Bristol
University and the Hewlett-Packard Research
As part of this initiative we have built a CyberJacket - for heavy
duty outdoor use; Blazerjet - a sports blazer for our shopping
application; and a CyberBag which enables us to experiment with different
combinations of equipment.
Applications we have developed include:-
- 'LocoMedia' allows users to 'place' media objects such as voice
notes at specific locations. These objects are subsequently 'found' by LocoMedia wearables
that enter the vacinity of the object. For example a user may record a voice note and
associate it with his current location just outside a baker's shop: "This shop sells
great doughnuts". The voice note then becomes accessible to other LocoMedia users.
When these users pass the same location, the note is played. We have produced a tourist
guide to Bristol using this application with relevant tourist information automatically
being displayed on a hand held device when a user approaches a place of interest.
- Our Shopping Jacket senses the presence of a shop by
detecting a pinger (a small transmitter inside the shop), and identifies the branch using
GPS. Using a mobile phone connection, a shopping list and the user's profile are sent from
the jacket to the shop's web-server. The user is notified if there is a match between the
list and the shop's stock, or if the shop has any lines of special interest to the user. A
short-range radio network is used to transmit detailed information on shelf items to the
wearer. This information can be either played to the user through an earpiece, or
displayed on a hand-held device.
- We are also interested in the use of cameras and head mounted displays.By integrating
location and orientation data with images created by a camera linked to the wearable
computer, we are developing a location based photo album; a picture composition aid; and
also the ability to reconstruct 3D images.
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Last updated: April 10, 2002.
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