Ambient Intelligence

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 4, 2005 - Computers - 373 pages
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Ambient intelligence is the vision of a technology that will become invisibly embedded in our natural surroundings, present whenever we need it, enabled by simple and effortless interactions, attuned to all our senses, adaptive to users and context-sensitive, and autonomous. High-quality information access and personalized content must be available to everybody, anywhere, and at any time. This book addresses ambient intelligence used to support human contacts and accompany an individual's path through the complicated modern world. From the technical standpoint, distributed electronic intelligence is addressed as hardware vanishing into the background. Devices used for ambient intelligence are small, low-power, low weight, and (very importantly) low-cost; they collaborate or interact with each other; and they are redundant and error-tolerant. This means that the failure of one device will not cause failure of the whole system. Since wired connections often do not exist, radio methods will play an important role for data transfer. This book addresses various aspects of ambient intelligence, from applications that are imminent since they use essentially existing technologies, to ambitious ideas whose realization is still far away, due to major unsolved technical challenges.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Applications
3
Social Economic and Ethical Implications of Ambient Intelligence and Ubiquitous Computing
5
Integrated Microelectronics for Smart Textiles
31
Ambient Intelligence Research in HomeLab Engineering the User Experience
49
How Ambient Intelligence will Improve Habitability and Energy Efficiency in Buildings
63
System Design and Architecture
81
Networked Infomechanical Systems NIMS for Ambient Intelligence
83
Locationing and Timing Synchronization Services in Ambient Intelligence Networks
173
Security for Ambient Intelligent Systems
199
LowCost Wireless ControlNetworks in Smart Environments
223
Components and Technologies
253
Ambient Intelligence Technology An Overview
255
Powering Ambient Intelligent Networks
271
UltraLow Power Integrated Wireless Nodes for Sensor and Actuator Networks
301
Packaging Challenges in Miniaturization
327

TinyOS An Operating System for Sensor Networks
115
A ServiceBased Universal Application Interface for Ad Hoc Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
149
Algorithms in Ambient Intelligence
349
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