May 11th, 2012  |  Published in Demos, Research

The MediaCup is an ordinary coffee cup augmented with sensing, processing and communication capabilities (integrated in the cup’s bottom), to collect and communicate general context information in a given environment. It is an example how to equip everyday objects with computing and communication capabilities. With the MediaCup setup (consisting of several cups and other equipment) we explored the added value of computerized everyday objects. The projects develops a proprietary ultra-low power infrared based communication system, a location aware routing mechanism, a hybrid location system and gains insight to user behaviour of everyday objects performing various studies.

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Selected Publications

Michael Beigl, Hans-Werner Gellersen, Albrecht Schmidt (2001) MediaCups: Experience with Design and Use of Computer-Augmented Everyday Artifacts, Computer Networks, Special Issue on Pervasive Computing, Elsevier 35(4), p. 401-409, New York, NY, USA: Elsevier North-Holland, Inc., pdf

Hans-Werner Gellersen, Albrecht Schmidt, Michael Beigl (2000) Adding Some Smartness to Devices and Everyday Things, WMCSA 00 Proceedings of the Third IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications WMCSA00, p. 3, IEEE Computer Society

Hans-Werner Gellersen, Michael Beigl, Albrecht Schmidt (2000) Sensor-Based Context-Awareness for Situated Computing, url

Hans-Werner Gellersen, Michael Beigl, Holger Krull (1999) The MediaCup : Awareness Technology embedded in an Everyday Object, Cognitive Science, p. 308-310, pdf

Albrecht Schmidt, Michael Beigl, Hans-Werner Gellersen (1999) There is more to context than location, Computers & Graphics 23(6), p. 893-901, Elsevier, url, doi:10.1016/S0097-8493(99)00120-X



Research Topics:

Activity recognition, Location models, location systems, ultra-low-power hardware, embedded interaction, user studies in Ubicomp environments, location aware communication protocols

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