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A Wearable Collaboration Solution for Industrial Environment

: Alves dos Santos, L.M.

IEEE Computer Society:
IEEE Third International Workshop on Networked Appliances 2001. Proceedings
Singapore, 2001
International Workshop on Networked Appliances (IWNA) <3, 2001, Singapore>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
mobile application; networked appliance; human factor; human-computer interaction

Portable computers and wireless networks have brought a coveted mobility to computer users and have extended the applicability of such tools to a broader range of working activities. Later on, a step forward in terms of availability and usability of these supporting tools has been achieved with Wearable Computers. Nevertheless, the available technologies still pose constrains that compromise the performance and effectiveness of application systems. Besides technological absences, there are important challenges to be solved related to the human-factor and peculiar demands and nature of mobile activities.
This article describes an application case involving co-operative work, the system development approach, and a software realization that promote adaptions on a conferencing system according to the resources of the platform and to aspects related to the user and the computer-support task. The target applications are mobile activities such as remote-assisted training, maintenance, or troubleshooting in a factory plant.