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The purpose of the Smarcos newsletter is to cover the
consortium activities around the project. The main objective of this first issue is to give a global view of the whole project.

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  1. 1. ISSUE 1 March 2010 IN THIS ISSUE: The purpose of the Smarcos newsletter is to cover the consortium activities around the project. The main objective of this first issue is to give a global view of the whole project. Abstract Objectives Work Packages Abstract Partners March Kick-off Smarcos project aims to help users of interconnected embedded systems by ensuring their interusability. Nowadays, many products connect with web services(media players, refrigerators). This distributed computing is becoming the norm in embedded systems. Smarcos allows devices and services to communicate in UI level terms and symbols, exchange context information, user actions, and semantic data. It allows applications to follow the user’s actions, predict needs, and react appropriately to unexpected actions. The use cases would be constructed around three complementary domains: attentive personal systems, interusable devices and complex systems control. Several pilots would be carried out to implement the use cases, including one large trial in a major public event (2012 London Olympics). Along the project, several smaller prototypes will be implemented. Our results will be applicable to all embedded systems that interact with their users, which is a substantial fraction of today’s market.www.smarcos-project.eu Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. ISSUE 1 March 2010 the seamless utilisation of the composition of user interface components located in Objectives different types of devices within an environment during interaction tasks. Technical excellence. We seek to extend usability research and user interface WP3: Tools for Runtime UI & Context solutions to look beyond individual devices Composition. To enable successful and services. interusability between user interface components locating in the myriad of Developer traction. We want our results devices with in an environment, tool and to be spreading trough the embedded methods for processing information on systems developer community. contexts, interaction tasks of users and UI resources at a run-time are urgently Market insight. To look at usability- required. enhancing principles in several complementary domains (health care, WP4: Attentive Personal Systems. To personal devices, control systems). provide an intelligent system that motivates and supports consumers in their daily life to Academic excellence. Smarcos will carry live a balanced and healthy lifestyle using out high quality research both by our the notion of inter-usability and task-drive research partners and our industrial UI modelling technologies. partners’ R&D departments. WP5: Interusable Devices. To explores Visibility. We plan to realise our work as a the usability of communicating embedded number of tangible prototypes in a number devices through a combination of user of public trials, some with very high centric research and technology visibility (e.g. London Olympics)… developments that are validated in several large and small scale trials. Work Packages WP6: Complex systems control. To develop tools facilitating control of complex WP1: Design Methods and Concepting. systems and perform their validation with To develop and refine design methods for end-users. The design of technological interconnected embedded systems, and components with reusability capacity is applying the developed methods for another primary target. creating Smarcos application and service concepts. WP7: Exploitation and dissemination. To specify the manners of dissemination of WP2: Interface, Interaction and project results through both scientifically Context Modelling. To enable an and industrially visible forums and channels. enjoyable end-user experience provided bywww.smarcos-project.eu Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. ISSUE 1 March 2010 Partners Country Organisation Experiences legal name FI NOKIA Oyj Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the (Coordinator) transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. FI Valtion Technical Research Centre of Finland is a government Teknillinen organisation established by law and operating under the Tutkimuskeskus auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment & Economy. BE Barco A global technology company designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. NL Philips Philips Research develops new technologies and investigates Research potential growth areas for the globally operating Philips Labs company. Focusing on the areas of health and well-being. NL Philips Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified Consumer Health and Well-being company, focused on improving Lifestyle people’s lives through timely innovations. IT Intecs Software Company providing leading-edge technological Informatica e support and products to the major European organizations in Tecnologia del the design, implementation, verification of complex electronic Software systems. IT Consiglio The Human Interfaces in Information System Laboratory Nazionale delle (http://giove.isti.cnr.it) of CNR-ISTI, with expertise in user Ricerche interface software and technologies. ES Fundacion ESI is a member-based private “Technology Centre” located in European Bilbao (Spain). ESI has a dual nature as SME and R&D Software organisation. Institute BE Sirris Research centre for the technology industry in Belgium, is a c.d.g. private collective research centre founded by Agoria, the multi-sector federation for the Belgian technology industry.www.smarcos-project.eu Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. ISSUE 1 March 2010 Partners Country Organisation Experiences legal name ES Indra Indra is the premier Information Technology company in Spain Sistemas, and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. It S.A is the second European company in its sector according to stock market capitalisation, and also the second Spanish company with the most investment in R&D. BE Human Their aim is optimizing the usability of technology. HIG design Interface user-friendly interfaces & technology, develop user guides & Group documentation & realize trainings for companies of all sectors. FI Valve Valve is a design agency with special focus on designing Internet based multimodal services. Valve is the leading service design and Internet consultant in Finland. NL University The Human Media Interaction (HMI) group in the Computer of Twente Science Department of the University of Twente. UK Fjord Fjord was founded in 2001 in the UK. It is a creative consultancy offering expertise in the innovation and design of digital services for mobile, PC and interactive TV. CZ Honeywell HON is a global company, which performs basic research, International working closely with universities and laboratories, develop s.r.o. advanced technology, and develop state-of-the-art products. NL PHI-I PHIi (Personal Health Institute international), a SME, is focused towards the development of knowledge, tools and services to support personal health management. NL EVALAN Evalan is a product-oriented innovation. It focuses on applications that use state-of-the-art communications technology and internet applications in health care.www.smarcos-project.eu Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. ISSUE 1 March 2010 March Kick-off KICK OFF PROJECT MEETING This newsletter is published 16th – 17th March 2010 every six months. It informs the members of the Smarcos Amsterdam, Holland and the general public about Organizer: Nokia the progress of the project. The kick-off meeting has brought together representatives of Contact: all seventeen SMARCOS partners for two days of discussion, development and planning. Dr. Pertti J. Huuskonen All seventeen partners have shared in the excitement of pertti.huuskonen@nokia.com launching this ambitious and much-needed project to help users of interconnected embedded systems by ensuring their interusability. The kick-off marks the beginning of fruitful, multi-year collaboration between partners towards a common Any questions or suggestions? goal. Please contact us! http://www.smarcos-project.eu/ Kick-off meeting participantswww.smarcos-project.eu Page 5 of 5

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