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Pin & play: the surface as network medium

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  • Kristof Van Laerhoven
  • Nicolas Villar
  • Hans Gellersen
  • Albrecht Schmidt
  • Maria Hakansson
  • Lars Erik Holmquist
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>04/2003
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number4
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)90-95
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Integrating appliances in the home through a wired network often proves to be impractical: routing cables is usually difficult, changing the network structure afterward even more so, and portable devices can only be connected at fixed connection points. Wireless networks are not the answer either: batteries have to be regularly replaced or changed, and what they add to the device's size and weight might be disproportionate for smaller appliances. In Pin&Play, we explore a design space in between typical wired and wireless networks, investigating the use of surfaces to network objects that are attached to it. This article gives an overview of the network model, and describes functioning prototypes that were built as a proof of concept.