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Issue No. 01 - January-March (2006 vol. 5)
ISSN: 1536-1268
pp: 40-46
Jukka Riekki , University of Oulu
Timo Salminen , University of Oulu
Ismo Alakärppä , University of Lapland
As the vision of pervasive computing gradually becomes a reality, we are seeing an increasing number of services in our everyday environments. We don't just access them at desktop computers but everywhere our activities lead us-using mobile terminals and built-in technology. Although a positive phenomenon, this transition also introduces considerable challenges to discovering and selecting services. <p>The authors propose a general framework for requesting pervasive services by touching RFID tags. Visual symbols communicate to users the objects that they can touch and that activate services. When a user touches such a symbol with a mobile phone, the data stored in the tag and other contextual information related to the situation trigger the requested service. The authors designed a set of visual symbols and implemented the required functionality as component-based middleware. They studied this novel system's usability and user experience. </p><p>This article is part of a special issue on RFID Technology.</p>
pervasive middleware, context-awareness, usability, user experience, tangible user interface

T. Salminen, J. Riekki and I. Alakärppä, "Requesting Pervasive Services by Touching RFID Tags," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 5, no. , pp. 40-46, 2006.
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