The Computer as a Dynamic Set of Devices
- Author(s): Spencer, Andy
- Advisor(s): Millstein, Todd
- et al.
Mobile, wearable, and ubiquitous computing devices are increasingly replacing personal computers for many everyday tasks. In this thesis, we treat these devices not as individual computers but as part of a larger computing environment and explore the challenges and opportunities presented.
We start by outlining our vision for this environment, focusing in particular on interacting with public devices that do not belong to a single user but are instead provided to the public by businesses and organizations such as restaurants, shopping centers, employers, universities, and governments. Software running in this environment will treat all the currently available devices as a single computer using the unique capabilities of each device to provide an enhanced user experience.