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Thursday, August 05, 2004

MIT Pilots Pervasive Computing

Researchers at MIT are exploring the possibilities of "pervasive" or "ubiquitous" computing with Project Oxygen. Partnering with IT industry leaders, MIT has developed several prototypes of pervasive computing environments, including such innovations as a real-time indoor map, improved instant messaging systems, and "smart rooms" in which devices understand spoken requests.

Pervasive computing is one of the most exciting areas of technological innovation, as it has an almost unlimited range of possibilities. At work, at home, in public places, "intelligent environments" can change the way we live and work. It probably won't work out the way we imagine it now, but the potential is there to improve all kinds of processes.

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