Sunday, February 11, 2007

Ubicomp video: Place Map

This video clip is an overview of the PlaceMap research from the University of Washington. The researchers are figuring out ways that WiFi can be used for ubiquitous/mobile computing, as GPS systems do not work indoors. The key questions that the researchers have regarding their work are as follows:
  • How do we ramp up the database of existing WiFi spots to increase coverage for ubiquitous computing devices and applications?
  • How can we draw in external collaborators from the community?
  • How do we get people to actually use the system and learn what it is good for?