Posts Tagged ‘semantic annotation’

Semantic Annotation Comes To Home Automation

Courtesy: Flickr/ Moyan_Brenn

Courtesy: Flickr/ Moyan_Brenn

Everyone knows The Clapper for turning electric equipment on and off, right? Sing along: “Clap-on, clap-off….The Clapper.”

Things have come a long way since then, with security, energy management, and more coming along to help turn the average house into a smarter home. Now comes a chance to take things to another level, with semantic-based resource discovery and orchestration in home and building automation. Research led by Michele Ruta, assistant professor at Technical University of Bari, takes on the challenge of bringing together the worlds of semantic web and automation in order to improve what Ruta says are very poor user interaction scenarios.

How? In home automation solutions today, he says, the user is limited to very basic scenarios and very static interaction that requires pre-programming the capabilities the home can assume. “It should be possible to have dynamic interaction, more intelligent interaction with the user, and decisions should be done according to user interest, to a user’s profile,” Ruta says. Semantic technology can be called upon to annotate users’ profiles, interests, and needs against home automation profile options, and make the match between them, he says.

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Showing at The International American Toy Fair: Tangible, Touchable Semantic Technology

The coolest thing at the 109th International American Toy Fair in New York City this week might have been the Lazer Tag Blaster or the World of Warcraft version of Monopoly. Or, for semantic tech aficionados, it would have been Uma’s semantic Skin multitouch display installation. Even the Power Rangers were getting into it (see photo).

Here is the marriage of semantic technology with interactive signage and multi-touch displays, RFID technology, Intel’s Audience Impression Metrics suite, and social media integration. It is, as Christian Doegl, founder and CEO of uma, an example “where semantics gets tangible.”  And touchable by everyone.

For the Toy Fair, Uma got access to the exhibitor database, itself complete with structured metadata such as company name, location on the floor, and Twitter handle. “From this we can build up a semantic database connecting all different databases to the system,” says Doegl.

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