Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche from Microsoft Research chairs this session at Faculty Summit 2012.
This session looks at the importance of custom devices for research in domains such as ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, and the Internet of things. Recent advances have made it increasingly possible for researchers to build complex devices easily and rapidly. By using platforms such as Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer and taking advantage of physical prototyping machines (such as 3-D printing), one can now make fully custom devices (hardware, software, and physical form factor) rapidly and without expert domain knowledge. This enables researchers to deploy and evaluate systems more easily “in the wild.”