Indoor location standards: network or scale effects?

Vinod Kulkarni
Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:15:30 +0530

Handhelds seem to be major benefitiary of internal location standards.
They can get the right data to be managed automatically based on where 
you are. (And internal location standards are in essense achieved by 
assigning some sort of object IDs - by mapping locations to 
object-oriented view of our premises.)

For example, if you are entering a conference hall meeting, your 
handheld can automatically bring up the conference-related things. You 
save on not having to navigate into the information.

Similarly, when devices become intelligent, we can use a handheld to 
point at them and control them. We would rather like to see the UI of 
the device just by pointing the handheld at them. (i.e. navigating from 
a menu to reach the right UI doesn't seem correct.)

What is happening here? We have variety of information at our disposal. 
However, the navigational overheads will increase with the information 
load. So let locations define appropriate contexts, and let the handheld 
sense the context automatically and give us the right UI.

One of the use case that I desire: On my desk, I put 'post-it' notes for 
different contexts. These post-it notes are special; they can be 
individually sensed by Palm using IR or whatever. So when I point and 
click at a specific note meant for, say, 'Visitng Bay Area', then my 
Palm, as well as my PC will completely change the UI, and only make 
relevant data visible. For example, my mailbox will only have a view of 
mails related to this specific context, the contacts list will be 
limited to only those people that I am likely to meet.

(Automatically identifying context from information is, of course, a 
very difficult proposition.)