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Project Meeting January 30th, 1998
3pm -5pm in David's office (by default)
Present: DavidM, HenkM, Nathan, Dave Clifton, Phil Neaves, JimBR, Phil Stenton?
This will be a special meeting to consider our future strategy!
- Round the table: Best and worst of what has happened over the first 9 months of the
programme - for those of us that are not new! [20 mins]
- Jim to present a short overview of some themes and ideas for the wearable programme.
This will cover material from the strategy document.
Objective: to remind ourselves of the range of issues and themes that we have developed so
far. [15 mins]
- Team discussion: What other aspects of wearable computing are important? [15 mins]
- Round the table: Personal visions: What objectives would you like to see the group set
itself? (achievements anywhere from 6 months to5 years out) [15 mins]
- Brainstorm: What are the important questions to answer in the "wearable"
field? [15 mins]
- Arrange the questions in a hierarchy - all embracing, impossible to answer questions at
the top and specific, easier but less valuable sub-questions at the bottom. [10 mins]
- Choose our favourite questions. [10 mins]
- Make a plan that will address our favourite questions and personal visions. [20 mins]
Best and worst
||Building a CyberJacket from cold start!
||That we havent done even more
||That we got ERP funding
||That I havent seen the CyberJacket
||That even a simple platform has lots of potential
||That we didnt do much last term
||Reliability problems with jacket
||That we havent done more
Followiing Jim's presentation of the strategy document and the ensuing team discussion
What other issues are important?
- The relationship between the wearable and existing infrastructure such as the desktop PC
[PIN]. PhilS suggested that the desktop would remain the repository of information
overwhich users wished to retain ownership - it would be the secure repository for their
- Which parts of the wearable and supporting infrastructure will be open and which will be
proprietary? [DC] How will a company such as HP make money in this area?
- How will the infrastructure be seeded?
- PhilS. Within 12 months the team will be demoing a "must-have" wearable
application - though Phil did not know what this application might be like - perhaps it
would be "consumer-like" as opposed to a link back to a diary.
- Nathan. To build a device that can answer the question "What's that?" when the
wearer points at something.
- PhilN. To make a shopping application. Nothing too ambitious or complex. Avoid MIT style
overambition that comes to nothing much!
- DavidC. To develop a generic wearable not tied to any single application.
- Henk. To build four simple applications each year, instead of trying to go straight for
the killer application. Horizontal platform and connectivity are good foci.
- DavidM. To imagine the minimum wearable computer - for those sweltering Summer days when
you dont want to have to wear much! This might be no more than an intellectual excercise.
But at any rate it relates to David's enthusiasm for doing more with simple hardware
David's other pet vision is to build a few wearable computers for members of a team. A
server would be used to allow members to interact and share information.
- Jim. To build a demonstrator showing how shared mental context can change the nature of
Human Computer Interaction.
To trial a wearable "tool" (an application with open-ended value to users) and
see how users respond to it. In other words a "social" trial of wearables.
To understand how the different interests of different groups will effect the way that
wearables become seeded in society. What are the business cases for the various
applications of wearables. How will wearables become established?
What are the important questions?
In addition to the questions in the External Research Proposal,
we generated the following possible research questions:
- What software architecture do we need?
- What's the hardware platform?
- What are the essential elements of infrastructure outside the wearable computer itself?
- What are the critical enabling technologies?
- How can we interconnect wearable peripherals?
- How do we solve the sensor fusion problem?
- Can we really use solar power for wearables?
- How generic can sensor interfaces be?
- What functions should be provided by servers to wearables?
At this point we ran out of time and decided to continue the meeting next Thurday 5th
February at 10.30am.
For the next meeting please can everyone continue this excercise by generating a list
of (say, 10) possible questions that we would like to be able to answer in the future. We
will devise our research agenda by selecting our favourite questions from the set. The
personal visions should yield some good questions - after all it is the underlying
problems that make the visions enticing. So while searching for questions, please use your
visions as a source of inspiration.
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