Mobile Context Awareness

Springer Science & Business Media
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Mobile context-awareness is a popular research trend in the field of ubiquitous computing. Advances in mobile device sensory hardware and the rise of ‘virtual’ sensors such as web application programming interfaces (APIs) mean that the mobile user is exposed to a vast range of data that can be used for new advanced applications. Mobile Context Awareness presents work from industrial and academic researchers, focusing on novel methods of context acquisition in the mobile environment – particularly through the use of physical and virtual sensors – along with research into new applications utilising this context. In addition, the book provides insights into the technical and usability challenges involved in mobile context-awareness, as well as observations on current and future trends in the field.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Apr 23, 2012
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Pages
188
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ISBN
9780857296252
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Data Processing
Computers / Hardware / Personal Computers / General
Computers / Operating Systems / General
Computers / Social Aspects
Computers / User Interfaces
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