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Custom Devices for Research

Speaker  Albrecht Schmidt, Bill Gaver, and James Scott

Affiliation  Microsoft Research Cambridge, University of London-Goldsmiths, University of Stuttgart

Host  Microsoft Research Connections

Duration  01:15:54

Date recorded  16 July 2012

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.”

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