The number of networked “smart devices” available in everyday environments is rapidly increasing; however, most adopt mutually incompatible networks, protocols, and application programming interfaces. In previous work, we introduced a variety of adaptive middleware techniques that enables a user’s commodity mobile device (e.g., a smartphone) to serve as an adaptive gateway between mutually incompatible devices – providing service adaptation and protocol translation services through plug-ins that can be installed on-the-fly. In this work, we present a complementary set of novel smart space design tools, which enable non-programmers to visually ”remix” their ambient environments in new, playful and potentially unforeseen ways using an intuitive flow-graph model. Visual designs can be sent over the network to the user’s mobile device, which instantiates them during runtime.
. This work was sponsored by the
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