Title: Remote control for pervasive services

Authors: Jukka Riekki, Ivan Sanchez, Mikko Pyykkonen

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and Infotech Oulu, University of Oulu, PO Box 4500, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland. ' Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and Infotech Oulu, University of Oulu, PO Box 4500, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland. ' Department of Industrial Design, University of Lapland, PO Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

Abstract: In this paper, we present the REACHeS architecture for controlling pervasive services through physical user interfaces, using a mobile terminal and icons placed in the environment. An icon advertises a service that can be started by touching the icon with a mobile terminal. This service activation configures the mobile terminal as a remote control for the service. We have implemented this architecture and designed an icon set. The physical user interface is based on RFID technology: the terminals are equipped with RFID readers and RFID tags are placed under the icons. We present the first prototype applications and the first usability tests that we have carried out.

Keywords: icons; mobile terminals; pervasive services; physical user interface; remote control; RFID; tangible user interface; pervasive computing; radio frequency identification; mobile devices; mobile communications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAACS.2010.030311

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, 2010 Vol.3 No.1, pp.39 - 58

Published online: 14 Dec 2009 *

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