What if the everyday objects around us came to life? What if they could sense our presence, our focus of attention, and our actions, and could respond with relevant information, suggestions, and actions? This is the central question addressed by the Ambient Intelligence research group at the MIT Media Laboratory. We are developing novel hardware and software techniques that make it possible to create so called "attentive objects." For example, we are creating technologies that make it possible for the book you are holding to tell you what passages you may be particularly interested in, while the bookshelf in…
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