Smart-its friends: A technique for users to easily establish connections between smart artefacts

Lars Holmquist, Friedemann Mattern, Bernt Schiele, Petteri Alahuhta, Michael Beigl, Hans-Werner Gellersen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review

238 Citations (Scopus)


Ubiquitous computing is associated with a vision of everything being connected to everything.However, for successful applications to emerge, it will not be the quantity but the quality and usefulness of connections that will matter.Our concern is how qualitative relations and more selective connections can be established between smart artefacts, and how users can retain control over artefact interconnection.We propose context proximity for selective artefact communication, using the context of artefacts for matchmaking.We further suggest to empower users with simple but effective means to impose the same context on a number of artefacts.To prove our point we have implemented Smart-Its Friends, small em-bedded devices that become connected when a user holds them together and shakes them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiquitous Computing
Subtitle of host publicationUbiComp 2001
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-45427-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2007 - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 16 Sep 200719 Sep 2007

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceInternational Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2007
Abbreviated titleUbiComp 2007

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Smart-its friends: A technique for users to easily establish connections between smart artefacts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this