Askus: Amplifying mobile actions

Shin'ichi Konomi, Niwat Thepvilojanapong, Ryohei Suzuki, Susanna Pirttikangas, Kaoru Sezaki, Yoshito Tobe

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Information sharing has undeniably become ubiquitous in the Internet age. The global village created on the Internet provides people with instant access to information and news on events occurring in a remote area, including access to video content on websites such as YouTube. Thus, the Internet has helped us overcome barriers to information. However, we cannot conceive an event happening in a remote area and respond to it with relevant actions in a real-time fashion. To overcome this problem, we propose a system called Askus, a mobile platform for supporting networked actions. Askus facilitates an extension of the conceivable space and action by including humans in the loop. In Askus, a person's request is transmitted to a suitable person who will then act in accordance with the request at a remote site. Based on a diary study that led to detailed understanding about mobile assistance needs in everyday life, we developed the Askus platform and implemented the PC-based and mobile phone-based prototypes. We also present the results from our preliminary field trial.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPervasive Computing - 7th International Conference, Pervasive 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, Pervasive 2009 - Nara, Japan
Duration: May 11 2009May 14 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5538 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, Pervasive 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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