Blog Post 1 – Review 3 related projects

 

Project 1 – The Haystack Project [1]

What:

The Haystack Project, a collaboration at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at the University of California, Berkeley, among multiple academic institutions, starts with an Android app that captures data right at the source. (It’s not yet available for iOS.)

The Haystack Project is an academic initiative led by independent academic researchers at ICSIUC Berkeley and IMDEA Networks in collaboration with UMass and Stony Brook University. At the core of the project is the Lumen app, an Android app that analyzes your mobile traffic and helps you to identify privacy leakes inflicted by your apps and the organizations collecting this information.

 

The Lumen app monitors what Android apps do with your data

 

How/Why:The app reports back fully anonymized pieces of information, allowing researchers to understand the kind of personal information that’s being extracted and transmitted. “We’re seeing tons of things like some applications linking the MAC address of the Wi-Fi access point as a proxy for location,” says

 

How/Why:

The app reports back fully anonymized pieces of information, allowing researchers to understand the kind of personal information that’s being extracted and transmitted. “We’re seeing tons of things like some applications linking the MAC address of the Wi-Fi access point as a proxy for location,” says Vallina-Rodriguez. (A base station’s MAC address identifies it uniquely, and is used by Wi-Fi location databases run by Apple, Google, and other firms.)

 

So what:

Most likely, very soon after turning on Lumen you will quickly learn interesting facts about the apps that you run on your phone. You can use Lumen to understand where your apps connect to, which data they share with third parties and even how much traffic they waste for advertising and tracking purposes so you can decide whether to uninstall those that strike you as too intrusive. Not all devices provide the features required by Lumen to operate.

Project 2 – Smart mirror for ambient home environment [2]

What:

This project describes the design and development of a futuristic smart mirror that represents an unobtrusive interface for the ambient home environment. The mirror provides a natural means of interaction through which the residents can control the household smart appliances and access personalized services.

This project describes the design and development of a futuristic smart mirror that represents an unobtrusive interface for the ambient home environment. The mirror provides a natural means of interaction through which the residents can control the household smart appliances and access personalized services.

Why/How:

A service-oriented architecture has been adopted to develop and deploy the various services, where the mirror interface, the appliances, and the news and data feeds all use Web service communication mechanisms. The smart mirror functionalities have been demonstrated by developing an easily extendable home automation system that facilitates the integration of household appliances and various customized information services.

A service-oriented architecture has been adopted to develop and deploy the various services, where the mirror interface, the appliances, and the news and data feeds all use Web service communication mechanisms. The smart mirror functionalities have been demonstrated by developing an easily extendable home automation system that facilitates the integration of household appliances and various customized information services.

Smart mirror for ambient home environment (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/4317313_Smart_mirror_for_ambient_home_environment [accessed Jun 24, 2017].

 

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Project 3 – MobileSync Web [3]

A study of user experiences for webpage interactions on computers working with mobile technology by Chen Ji

What:

With the development of mobile technology, smartphones have become a necessity in our daily lives. Various sensors and multi-touch screens of smartphones have contributed to a large amount of functional and excellent mobile applications and games. However, the support on interactive webpages is not sufficient. Since, in the most circumstances, smartphones are available when people use computers to browse webpages, the author consider whether mobile technology might be effective to enhance the user experience when people browse webpages on computers and whether it has the potential to be a new way for web interactions. Through researches, mainly user testing, and analyzes, a project as a form of interactive webpage integrating mobile technology shows the potential needs of this combination. This project proposes a new way for people to browse interactive webpages which can lead user experiences, by use of mobile technology, to a new place.

 

Why/How:

This thesis project is conducted by various mobile sensors, but the camera is missed since the iPhone does not allow its camera to be used by web browsers; also, the computer’s web camera or laptop’s camera is not available on the latest version of Chrome, Firefox and Safari as well. The software engineering is a crucial limitation. In terms of mobile websites, it has not worked out so well in practice although it runs on any hardware and any operating system in theory (Banga & Weinhold, 2014). The platforms (iOS, Android, Windows 8, etc.) have different permission. For instance, at iOS platform, web apps are not allowed to access the camera of iPhone users, which means, for QR codes scanning, iPhone users need to install a native app with the scan function.

So what:

I personally havent figured out the So what of this project but it shares similar concepts to mine regarding mobile app sensors

 

[1]https://www.fastcompany.com/40407424/smartphone-apps-are-tracking-you-and-heres-how-to-monitor-what-they-know, https://haystack.mobi/

 

[2]https://www.researchgate.net/publication/4317313_Smart_mirror_for_ambient_home_environment

[3]http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/585/1/Ji_Chen_2016_MDES_DIGF_THESIS.pdf