What an excellent set of discussions yesterday diving into areas of health, wellbeing, and human interaction with information and technologies, specifically those that offer challenges and opportunities with respect to physical and pervasive computing. Thanks for Jeff Burke (UCLA), Stacy Lindau (UChicago), John Manning (School of the Art Inst. of Chicago), and Kevin Patrick (UCSD/CalIT2) for organizing the day.
After two days of exploring broad application areas in the built environment and the humans who live there, day four will focus on a variety of technical challenges to physical and pervasive systems, including the organization and management of data streams, sharing and analysis of these data, and privacy and security associated with pervasive sensors and the information they will produce.
With our hands-on we are, as a group, getting some valuable first-hand insights into the technical challenges of developing and deploying the technologies we are discussing! Yesterday we continued to investigate the sensor network connectivity issues. We strongly suspect that between our wireless Internet, our wireless sensor network, and the concrete and steel surrounding us we have exhausted the capacity of the shared 2.4 GHz frequency range all of these systems use! A workaround, we hope, is on the horizon for this afternoon’s hands-on lab!
Regardless of the network congestion issues, we now all have our sensors configured (and in most cases working intermittently) to upload sensor data to their individual feeds on Pachube.com and our ad hoc sensors team has developed the code we need to interpret the sound and movement sensors on our wearables. This afternoon we would like to complete the hardware assembly of the wearables by adding interaction capabilities with a push-button switch and several LEDs, so bring your kits at 4pm and we’ll complete their configurations.