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Project Meeting September 17th, 1997

2pm in David's office

Present: David, Phil Stenton, Phil Neaves, Jim, Henk, Paul, Alex, James and Stewart


One PCMCIA slot has broken on one of the CyberJacket computers. Communication has been achieved by replacing one of the CyberJackets with a notebook with a PCMCIA slot. Stewart has been working on achieving the basic communication, while Alex is addressing communication protocols and James is developing a "you are here" application. By the end of the week, they hope to have a text-version of the application, with a moving map version coming later.

We then discussed the programme for testing the CyberJacket. We agreed the main priority was to install a diagnostic utility capable of detecting hardware problems, such as hard drive, communication or connector failures. Henk suggested that the utility should run in the background all the time, so that faults could be detected immediately. Start-up-only testing or on-demand testing were also discussed. Henk will drive the development of the diagnostic facility.

Stewart, Alex and James have started running the battery tests identified at the last meeting. Phil will use the data to improve the power design. David suggested that re-engineering the CyberJacket could be the most effective way to improve power performance.

LCD development has been delayed because Maxim has sent Phil the wrong board for the backlight power supply.

David and Hugh meet last week and have started discussion of confidentiality and non-disclosure issues.

We still need to write up Student Project Proposals for the fourth year CS students. We should also think about work for EE students and for CS 3rd year group projects. Jim described his ContactLens proposal.

The HP External Research Proposal has been approved! We discussed the job spec for an RA. There was consensus that the main role of the RA should be to "keep the wearable programme going" (a managerial/strategic/admininstrative responsibility). They should also own the CyberJacket platform and take responsibility for the reliability of the constituent components. Platform development will be undertaken jointly by the RA and students. The RA will need to ensure that he receives adequate documentation of student work in order to have a good chance of maintaining inherited components. The job advert should mention the association with HP and the ERP. The RA should posses some hardware as well as software skills. A doctorate is less crucial than experience. If asked, we may be prepared to combine the post with obtaining a PhD, but this will not be offered explicitly in the advert.

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