Thursday, March 6th, 2003
Room 104, Gates Computer Science Building

Touch-Based Personal Area Networks

Kurt Partridge
University of Washington

About the talk:

Personal Area Networks (PANs) are useful for many new mobile computing applications including object identification, context awareness, and appliance customization. But the several-meter range of today's local wireless technologies, such as 802.11 and Bluetooth, leads to ambiguities when connecting wearable devices with ubiquitous devices in multi-user and multi-object environments. Intrabody communication, a technology that uses low-frequency, low-power electric fields and the conductive nature of the human body, could solve this problem by only allowing communication between two simultaneously touched devices. I will describe the implementation and performance of our Intrabody Communication system and its applicability to ubiquitous computing applications. This is joint work with Gaetano Borriello and Sarah Newman.

About the speaker:

Kurt Partridge is a PhD candidate in the University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering Department. His research interests include technology to support novel user interaction mechanisms for wearable and ubiquitous computing devices. He received a BS in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley and an MS in computer science from the University of Washington.