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IEEE Computer Magazine, September 2003

Special Issue: Handheld Computing



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Brad Myers (Carnegie Mellon University), Michael Beigl (TecO, University of Karlsruhe)















Mobile computing using handheld devices has matured and will become the dominant computing paradigm. We look at the current state of mobile devices and applications, location-based services, and the mobile networking protocols needed to support them.

Mobile computing has matured and appears destined to become the dominant computing paradigm. Mobile devices (also called Handhelds) are appearing in many forms factors and with increasingly diverse functions: personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as PalmOS organizers and PocketPCs, handheld games like GameBoys, mobile phones, digital audio players, smart cameras, and many more. These are being augmented with ever-increasing functions that cross boundaries, such as GPS-enhanced PDAs, games and cameras on phones, etc. Communication technologies such as BlueTooth, WiFi and G3 will increasingly make it easy for these devices to communicate with other devices, appliances and computers. Applications and middleware are also evolving as PDA-class devices reach a critical mass in schools, hospitals, and other venues beyond the traditional business uses.

The September 2003 issue of IEEE Computer will be devoted to handheld computing. We are soliciting papers that provide a perspective on all aspects of the field: infrastructure technologies, devices, middleware, and applications. There are opportunities for short and long papers, providing a forum for reporting on both early and mature research. We also wish to solicit descriptions of the experiences with handheld technology in existing products and services. Topics of particular interest for this issue are, but not limited to, the list below:

  • Applications, particularly in non-traditional settings
  • New services enabled by the mobile technologies
  • Middleware support for mobile devices
  • Novel form factors and functions for handheld devices
  • User Interfaces and interaction techniques for small devices
  • Wireless-phone computing
  • Security and privacy aspects for mobile devices
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