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Project Meeting October 1st, 1997

2pm in David's office

Present: David, Paul, Henk, Jim, Alex, James, Stewart


James and Alex have developed communication protocols for the Nokia phones and a "you are here application" that pinpoints the location of the CyberJacket on a map of Bristol. This map is visible as a web-page, so in due course we hope to link this page to this web! Problems receiving a clear signal from the satellites marred the demonstration of this application - but it does work, honest!

Stewart presented results of power drain measurements on batteries. These will be passed on to Phil for analysis.

Progress on developing the display and integrating with the touchpad has been held up while waiting for a suitable power supply chip to be delivered by Maxim.

Stewart, Alex and James have three days remaining before they commence fourth year studies. In this remaining time we agreed that the top priority was to provide overview documentation to assist future team members develop and utilise the current wearable platform. It would be of great value if the development team could also include a list of "holes and weaknesses" in the current system and perhaps tips for future redesign!

After documentation the next priority is robustness testing and the installation of hardware fault diagnostic utilities. Diagnostic support was discussed in the previous meeting's minutes but preparation for the new University term has prevented progress on this front so far. Stewart reported on details of a hardware diagnostic utility that he discovered on the web. Could this be of use to us?

The team reviewed what we had achieved over the summer and where our priorities should lie in the next year. The two top priorities for the next year are support for intermittent network connections and provision of dynamic brokering services between applications and physical sensors (the Situated Computing Server). Progress on these fronts will take the BWCI from its current start-up mode to a position where it is active on research issues important to HP and academia in the Wearable Computing area. Henk suggested that hardware re-integration should also be a theme for the next year. David felt that it was still slightly early for the planned platfrom re-engineering. Paul suggested that hardware re-integration might have slightly less general value than the pursuit of more architectural areas such as networking and the SitComp server.

The SitCompServer requires a lightweight multi-process OS. David and Henk expressed interest in establishing this as a third-year group project.

We discussed the form of the RA job advert. It was agreed that we are actually looking for a Research Associate or fellow rather than assistant. Where should we post the advert? What re-wording should we consider?

David has been in touch with Hugh Aldridge discussing non-disclosure and confidentiality: this is ongoing. David has also been in touch with John Taylor (centre director for HP Labs Europe), who has been expressing his support for the initiative.

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