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Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1049; doi:10.3390/s16071049

A Framework for the Development of Context-Adaptable User Interfaces for Ubiquitous Computing Systems

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Mytech Ingeniería Aplicada S.L., Ferrol 15403, Spain
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Integrated Group for Engineering Research, University of A Coruña, Ferrol 15403, Spain
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Academic Editors: Vladimir Villarreal and Carmelo R. García
Received: 29 April 2016 / Revised: 28 June 2016 / Accepted: 30 June 2016 / Published: 7 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from UCAmI, IWAAL and AmIHEALTH 2015)
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This paper addresses the problem of developing user interfaces for Ubiquitous Computing (UC) and Ambient Intelligence (AmI) systems. These kind of systems are expected to provide a natural user experience, considering interaction modalities adapted to the user abilities and preferences and using whatever interaction devices are present in the environment. These interaction devices are not necessarily known at design time. The task is quite complicated due to the variety of devices and technologies, and the diversity of scenarios, and it usually burdens the developer with the need to create many different UIs in order to consider the foreseeable user-environment combinations. Here, we propose an UI abstraction framework for UC and AmI systems that effectively improves the portability of those systems between different environments and for different users. It allows developers to design and implement a single UI capable of being deployed with different devices and modalities regardless the physical location. View Full-Text
Keywords: ubiquitous computing; user interface; human-computer interface; software engineering; ambient intelligence ubiquitous computing; user interface; human-computer interface; software engineering; ambient intelligence
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Varela, G.; Paz-Lopez, A.; Becerra, J.A.; Duro, R. A Framework for the Development of Context-Adaptable User Interfaces for Ubiquitous Computing Systems. Sensors 2016, 16, 1049.

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