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MIThril, the next generation research platform for context aware wearable computing

William Henry - On MIThril
This audio excerpt is from an interview with William Henry on Whitley Strieber's internet radio show Dreamland that was made in September 2004.

MIThril is a next-generation wearables research platform developed by researchers at the MIT Media Lab. The goal of the MIThril project is the development and prototyping of new techniques of human-computer interaction for body-worn applications. Through the application of human factors, machine learning, hardware engineering, and software engineering, the MIThril team is constructing a new kind of computing environment and developing prototype applications for health, communications, and just-in-time information delivery.

The MIThril hardware platform combines body-worn computation, sensing, and networking in a clothing-integrated design. The MIThril software platform is a combination of user interface elements and machine learning tools built on the Linux operating system.

For more information about MIThril, see the links to the left or contact the MIThril team,

October 2003

  • ISWC 2003 was a great success -- MIT had a strong showing, and the overall quality of the program was quite good. The Memory Glasses paper has gotten a lot of attention, which you can download here. We are now in the process of doing some long-overdue updates to the web site, so please be patient.

  • The main MIThril web site is still woefully out of date, but we have a new publication out that covers some recent developments: MIThril 2003: Applications and Architecture, published in ISWC 2003

  • Most new information is now in our borglab wiki, including newer hardware documentation, and our MIThril 2003 work that focuses on the Sharp Zaurus.

  • What was previously called the MIThril Inference Engine has now been renamed the MIThril Real-Time Contxt Engine, and considerable work is ongoing in its development The Squirt 2 (crystal tag) document package is available from the MIThril hardware page.

  • The USB-enabled (USB 1.1) MIThril junction document package is available from the MIThril hardware page.

  • A substantial amount of high-level documentation has been added to our CVS repository, which should make it considerably more useful.

  • The MIThril wiki has lots of new material, especially on the MIThril Construction topic.

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