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Networked Surfaces: A New Concept in Mobile Networking

James Scott, Frank Hoffmann, Mike Addlesee, Glenford Mapp, and Andy Hopper


Networked Surfaces are surfaces which provide network connectivity to specially augmented objects, when these objects are physically placed on top of the surface. When an object (e.g. a notebook computer) connects, a handshaking protocol assigns functions such as data or power transmission to the various conducting paths that are established. This paper describes the position occupied by this concept in the world of networking, presents an overview of the technology used in its realisation, describes the current prototype implementation, and outlines the potential implications of its introduction.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of the Third IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (WMSA 2000)

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James Scott, Frank Hoffmann, Glenford Mapp, Michael D. Addlesee, and Andy Hopper. Networked Surfaces: A New Concept in Mobile Networking, ACM Mobile Networks and Applications, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., October 2002.

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