June 19, 2003
A New York Times article highlights research on context-aware Wi-Fi networks (802.11b wireless local area networks) "that not only track computer users but also adjust what the computers are doing to suit the circumstances." As quoted in the Times:
"Most computers are pretty dumb about the user's state - they have no idea what you need," said Asim Smailagic [Principal Research Scientist, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems]. But a network's location system, he added, could make the computer become "context-aware."
Smailagic developed a system that uses triangulation, which works in three dimensions, to accurately pinpoint a computer's location. Applications of the technology include:
Many users are already familiar with Wi-Fi networks that let them work in coffee shops or share an Internet connection at home. Smailagic team's next step is to test the widely used Wi-Fi network that covers the entire Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh.
(Source: The New York Times)