May 11th, 2012  |  Published in Demos, Research

The Smart-Its project is interested in a far-reaching vision of computation embedded in the world. In this vision, mundane everyday artefacts become augmented as soft media, able to enter into dynamic digital relationships. In our project, we approach this vision with development of “Smart-Its” – small-scale embedded devices that can be attached to everyday objects to augment them with sensing, perception, computation, and communication. “Smart-Its” is enabling technology for building and testing ubiquitous computing scenarios, and we will use them to study emerging functionality and collective context-awareness of information artefacts. While the Smart-Its several types of wireless sensor nodes where build, communication protocols, applications are developed and and user studies performed.

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Selected Publications

Hans-Werner Gellersen, Gerd Kortuem, Albrecht Schmidt, Michael Beigl (2004) Physical prototyping with smart-its, IEEE Pervasive Computing 03(03), p. 74-82, IEEE Educational Activities Department, url

Albert Krohn, Michael Beigl, Christian Decker, Uwe Kochendörfer, Philip Robinson, Tobias Zimmer (2004) Inexpensive and Automatic Calibration for Acceleration Sensors, 2nd International Symposium on Ubiquitous Computing Systems (UCS 2004), Japan Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) Keio University Mita Campus Tokyo (ed.), p. 148-154, pdf

Florian Michahelles, Albrecht Schmidt, Bernt Schiele, Michael Beigl (2004) Towards Distributed Awareness — An Artifact Based Approach, Sixth IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, p. 82-91, Washington, DC, USA: IEEE, url, doi:10.1109/MCSA.2004.27

Michael Beigl, Albert Krohn, Christian Decker, Philip Robinson, Tobias Zimmer, Hans-Werner Gellersen, Albrecht Schmidt (2003) Context Nuggets: A Smart-Its Game, Demo Paper at Ubicomp 2003, Seattle, USA, pdf

Michael Beigl, Albert Krohn, Tobias Zimmer, Christian Decker, Philip Robinson (2003) AwareCon: Situation Aware Context Communication, 5th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) 2003, Seattle, USA, p. 132-139, pdf

Michael Beigl, Hans-Werner Gellersen (2003) Smart-Its: An Embedded Platform for Smart Objects, Smart Objects Conference (sOc) 2003, Grenoble, France, pdf

Philip Robinson, Michael Beigl (2003) Trust Context Spaces: An Infrastructure for Pervasive Security in Context-Aware Environments, First International Conference on Security in Pervasive Computing, Boppard 2802, p. 157-172, Springer, pdf

Tobias Zimmer, Frank Binder, Michael Beigl, Christian Decker, Albert Krohn (2003) Resource Management for Particle-Computers, Poster at at Ubicomp 2003, Seattle, USA, pdf

Michael Beigl, Tobias Zimmer, Albert Krohn, Christian Decker, Philip Robinson (2003) Smart-Its -- Communication and Sensing Technology for UbiComp Environments(2003/2), pdf

Christian Decker, Michael Leuchtner, Michael Beigl (2003) A Peer-To-Peer Approach for Resolving RFIDs, Poster at at Ubicomp 2003, Seattle, USA, pdf

Hans-Werner Gellersen, Albrecht Schmidt, Michael Beigl (2002) Multi-Sensor Context-Awareness in Mobile Devices and Smart Artifacts, Mobile Networks and Applications 7(5), p. 341-351, Springer Netherlands, url, doi:10.1023/A:1016587515822

Christian Decker, Michael Beigl (2002) Data Paths in Wearable Communication Networks, ARCS '02: Proceedings of the International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems, p. 114-130, London, UK: Springer-Verlag

Michael Beigl, Philip Robinson, Tobias Zimmer, Christian Decker (2002) Teaching a practical Ubicomp course with Smart-Its, Ubicomp 2002, Göteborg, Peter Ljungstrand, Lars Eric Holmquist (ed.), p. 43-44, pdf

Michael Beigl, Tobias Zimmer, Christian Decker (2002) A Location Model for Communicating and Processing of Context, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 6(5-6), p. 341-357, Springer-Verlag, url, doi:10.1007/s007790200039

Lars Erik Holmquist, Friedemann Mattern, Bernt Schiele, Petteri Alahuhta, Michael Beigl, Hans-Werner Gellersen (2001) Smart-Its Friends: A Technique for Users to Easily Establish Connections between Smart Artefacts, Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Ubiquitous Computing, p. 116–122, London: Springer-Verlag, url




Lancaster University, ETH Zürich, Interactive Institute, VTT (EU Funded project)

Research Topics:

Ubiquitous Computing, wireless sensor nodes hardware, wireless sensor networks, OS for wireless sensor nodes, sensor & context library, context recognition, user studies, applications, distributed awareness, context proximity

Application and economic dissemination:



Particle-Computer GmbH (Start-Up), RELATE, CoBIs, AwareOffice, superimposed Transmission

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