Perception beyond the Here and Now

Abstract Emerging sensor-equipped computing devices are overcoming longstanding temporal and spatial boundaries to human perception. Comments This short paper considers the impact of sensor-equipped computing devices on the temporal and spatial limitations of the five senses of human perception and suggests that completely new modes of self and environmental perception might emerge in the near [...]


Body Area Networks: A Survey

Abstract Advances in wireless communication technologies, such as wearable and implantable biosensors, along with recent developments in the embedded computing area are enabling the design, development, and implementation of body area networks. This class of networks is paving the way for the deployment of innovative healthcare monitoring applications. In the past few years, much of [...]


Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models: An Examination of Health Social Networks, Consumer Personalized Medicine and Quantified Self-Tracking

Abstract A new class of patient-driven health care services is emerging to supplement and extend traditional health care delivery models and empower patient self-care. Patient-driven health care can be characterized as having an increased level of information flow, transparency, customization, collaboration and patient choice and responsibility-taking, as well as quantitative, predictive and preventive aspects. The [...]


Unobtrusive physiological monitoring in an airplane seat

Abstract Air travel has become the preferred mode of long-distance transportation for most of the world’s travelers. People of every age group and health status are traveling by airplane and thus the airplane has become part of our environment, in which people with health-related limitations need assistive support. Since the main interaction point between a passenger [...]


Survey on Contemporary Remote Surveillance Systems for Public Safety

Abstract This paper reviews concisely the historical development and current state of the three different generations of contemporary surveillance systems. Recently, in addition to the employment of the incessantly enlarging variety of sensors, the inclination has been to utilize more intelligence and situation awareness capabilities to assist the human surveillance personnel. The most recent generation [...]


Mobile Security: Finally a Serious Problem?

Abstract The growing popularity of wireless technology may have finally attracted enough hackers to make the potential for serious security threats a reality. Comments This paper gives an overview of the growing potential of hacker attacks directed towards mobile media.  The rush to bring new mobile media to market compromises security efforts. Computationally capable ‘smart’ phones allow [...]


Movement-space: The changing domain of thinking resulting from the development of new kinds of spacial awareness

Abstract This paper is an attempt to describe the nature of a new calculative background that is currently coming into existence, a background that will both guide and constitute what counts as ‘thinking’. It begins by providing a capsule history of how this background has become a more and more pervasive quality of Euro-American cultures as a result of [...]


On the Theory of Scales of Measurement

Abstract …Paraphrasing N.R. Campbell…we may say that measurement, in the broadest sense, is defined as the assignment of numerals to objects or events according to rules. The fact that numerals can be assigned under different rules leads to different kinds of scales and different kinds of measurement. Comments An early social scientific theory of measurement [...]


The eruption of tradition? On ordinality and calculation

Abstract Numerical ordinal rankings (or ratings) are proliferating in the current social and economic world. Many are used to derive and justify relative monetary valuation, by modes of equation and calculation. The article shows how these composite manipulations of order and value tend to produce a parabolic curve: very few at very high value at the top, descending in [...]


Building an Integrated Service Management Platform for Ubiquitous Ecological Cities

Abstract As one of the frontrunners in the race to build smarter cities, South Korea is pushing the envelope by promoting the development of a standard architecture for a service management platform that integrates ubiquitous computing and green technologies. Comments This paper describes a 130 million dollar initiative in South Korea to build a series [...]