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Student work breakdown for Summer '97
created: jbr 11/06/97
This note summarises the conclusions reached about student
Summer work during the team meeting on 10th
Work will be split between four students working for ten weeks
(or maybe up to fourteen weeks maximum subject to budget and
Two students, one focused on hardware and the other on
software will cover the following tasks:
- Assemble and configure primary hardware components: CPU,
secondary storage, audio output, GPS, GSM, power source,
serial and parallel ports.
- Assemble and configure secondary components: still
camera, audio input, infra-red communications, speech
synthesis software. These components may be postponed or
cancelled if problems arise. See CyberJacket
- Transfer deskbound CyberJacket into a real jacket. This
will lead to ruggedness, cabling and power dissipation
- Implement a test programme to establish rugedness and
reliability of the CyberJacket.
One student to design and build a display and pen-input module
connected to the CyberJacket processor board by serial or
One student to focus on basic software architectural
components. There is a pretty much limitless amount of work that
could be done here; for example:
- A Situated Computing Server resident on the main CPU
board and responsible for marshalling different types of
sensed events from the CyberJacket's physical environment
and interpreting them to provide useful information about
the environment that meets application needs and
terminology. HP's Richard Hull has already written a
Situated Computing Server and would be happy to discuss
design issues with students.
- Extensions for the Situated Computing Server to prove
that it can support both GPS and 'active badge' type
events and minimal applications. To support HP's active
badges ('Pingers') some work with Phil Neaves would be
required in order to integrate sensors into the
- A name server that provides mappings between proprietary
ids and user-interpretable names (12 to Peter Jones),
between formal names and colloquial names (Peter Jones to
Pete), between set names and set member names
(Supermarkets to Sainsbury and Tesco).
- Interpreters to support natural but nonetheless complex
concepts such as 'at' and 'near'.
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