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Japan is quietly positioning itself for the next phase in digital technology: ubiquitous computing. A sign of things to come is T-Engine, arguably the most advanced ubiquitous computing platform in the world. T-Engine enables the distribution of software resources, including middleware developed on T-Kernel, its compact, real-time operating system. The article discusses the T-Engine Forum, the consortium that built T-Engine, and gives some historical background regarding the technology?s development. It also discusses a related organization, the Ubiquitous ID Center, which provides the infrastructure for managing electronic tags embedded in or attached to objects in a ubiquitous environment. Finally, the article shows a sample of ubiquitous-computing products.<p><em>Also in this department</em>: "Virtual Displays and the Future of Mobile and Portable Devices" by Bernard Cole</p>
ubiquitous computing, real-time operating system, RFID tags

J. Krikke, "T-Engine: Japan's Ubiquitous Computing Architecture Is Ready for Prime Time," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 4, no. , pp. 4-9, 2005.
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