The Well Mannered Wearable Computer

Cliff Randell, Henk L. Muller, The Well Mannered Wearable Computer. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 6 (1). ISSN 0949-2054, pp. 31–36. February 2002. PDF, 684 Kbytes.


In this paper we describe continuing work being carried out as part of the Bristol Wearable Computing Initiative. We are interested in the use of context sensors to improve the usefulness of wearable computers. A `CyberJacket` incorporating a Tourist Guide application has been built, and we have experimented with location and movement sensing devices to improve its performance. In particular, we have researched processing techniques for data from accelerometers which enable the wearable computer to determine the user's activity. We have experimented with, and review, techniques already employed by others; and then propose new methods for analysing the data delivered by these devices. We try to minimise the number of devices needed, and use a single X-Y accelerometer device. Using our techniques we have adapted our CyberJacket and Tourist Guide to include a multimedia presentation which gives the user information using different media depending on the user's activity as well as location.

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