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Context Aware Service

A Context Aware Service is a still-theoretical type of augmented reality service that is essentially the ultimate form of location based service combined with strong AI and a behaviour intention model.

Put simply, it is a data service that only delivers the data to a user via a mobile computing device, if they are in a specific location or a correct area, it is within specific time parameters such as a given time of day, and depending only on the mental or physical activity the user is undergoing at the time.

To give an example, an augmented reality system might supply data overlaying the idealised posture to use whilst cycling as a wireframe model overlapping the user's physical body to their sight, only if they are at the gymnasium at the time, if it is within the gymnasium's hours of operation at the time, and only if they are actually riding an exercise bike at the time. If any one of these criteria is not met, no service is offered.

The benefits of such a service are legion. The problem is we don't yet know how to achieve such a system. Or more accurately, several elements we know will be needed, we are nowhere near creating.

A context aware service requires knowledge of where the user is, which is easily achieved through GPS. It requires knowledge of the time of day it is, and access to the service database, both of which are easily possible through networking. The hard part of course is analysing what the user is actually doing, and using a behaviour intention model combined with a strong artificial intelligence to predict what they meant to be doing. To use the example above, to determine how seriously they are taking the bike training as to whether or not to offer unbidden advice.

See also: Location Based Service, GPS, Behaviour Intention Model, Strong AI, Augmented Reality, Geographic Information Systems

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Beating the Limitations of Camera-Monitor Mediated Telepresence with Extra Eyes
When interacting physially, you are most aware of your immediate surroundings, and less aware of objects further away. In telepresence that is usually reversed, as the telepresence screen you focus on concentrates itself on objects far away. Is there any way to combat this? Perhaps...

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Western Australia launches e-medicine centre
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In August 2005, the Western Australian service launched the first tele-medicine service in the world.

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A Fourth Economy
In less than 20 years, the service economy is being replaced with a new model, the 'Experience Economy', a model in which, whilst there is still a place for services, they are not the main act of the economy. Instead, what is is the provision of experiences, memes, sensory indulgances, and a deeply personal and individual type of service.

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Processing an Avatar's Facial Colour
Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology have discovered that the human bain processes the colour of a face separately to the features of that face. This is an interesting development, especially when placed in the context of crafting personalised avatar forms for AI sales agents and other interactive AI in virtual space.

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Theories About Players
Nine theories about adverse player / participant behaviour and responses to admin decisions of any world, no matter how benevolent the administration. Be aware of these in advance, lest they creep upon you unawares.

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Podcast: Hod Lipson: Robots that are "self-aware"
Part of a talk from TED 2007. Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

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A small web service, dedicated to mapping the statisics on practically every MMO out there: Subscribers, active subscribers, market share, and a whole lot more. Comparisons available in xls format.


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May. 17, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland

We invite you to the fourth International Workshop on Ubiquitous Virtual Reality 2010 in Helsinki, Finland. IWUVR2010 will be held as part of the Pervasive 2010 conference.


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In doing so it will be the first UK ISP to roll out a next generation broadband service that runs far faster than most oth...

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Tenth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
12-16 September 2005, Rome, Italy

The INTERACT '05 conference will highlight to both the academic and industrial world the importance of the Human-Computer ...