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Pin & Play: Bringing Power and Networking to Wall-Mounted Appliances

Van Laerhoven, Kristof and Villar, Nicolas and Gellersen, Hans and Hakansson, Maria (2002) Pin & Play: Bringing Power and Networking to Wall-Mounted Appliances. In: 5th IEE International Workshop on Networked Appliances, 1900-01-01.

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    Abstract

    The classic obstacles in the digital augmentation of everyday objects and appliances are usually situated around batteries, communication, size, and weight. Wired communication is often not possible, changing or charging batteries is generally considered a nuisance, and augmenting an appliance is usually not worth it if it means increasing its size or weight. For the subclass of devices and objects that are typically attached to surfaces such as walls and boards, we consider surface augmentation to address this problem. We present several implementations where low-cost wallpaper, consisting of insulated conductive layers, provides both power and a networking bus to common devices like pins on a notice board, wall switches, lights, and thermostats. They can be placed and replaced at will in any orientation, while the attachment to the wall supplies power and networking as a bonus. Moreover, our prototypes show that this doesn't affect familiarity of the objects, which makes interaction with them a breeze.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Journal or Publication Title: 5th IEE International Workshop on Networked Appliances
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 656 cs_uid ; 1
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 12191
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 25 Jun 2008 11:50
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:29
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12191

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