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TEDxBayArea - June 2011 - Ben Dodson - Building Connections Between People and Devices

For years, researchers have envisioned a world where our devices work together seamlessly for a variety of tasks. While we are witnessing an explosion in the number of smart and connected devices all around us, there are still relatively few device-spanning applications that we use in our daily lives. We will discuss the challenges associated with such applications, for developers and users alike. We demonstrate that, through a combination of modern software frameworks and technologies such as NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi Direct, the vision of ubiquitous applications can become a reality. Bio Ben Dodson is a second year PhD student in Stanford's MobiSocial Computing Laboratory. MobiSocial's focus is on creating novel user experience, system architecture, infrastructure design, development frameworks, and security protocols for the programmable open mobile internet (POMI) by the year 2020. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, Ben worked for two years at a healthcare startup, Hx Technologies. His main contributions included development of the iSpan Master Patient Index system for deduplicating patient demographics across hospital databases, using machine learning techniques. At Stanford, Ben has developed several libraries and frameworks focusing on device-spanning interactions. Junction is a platform for developing multi-person applications across the Android, iOS, and web platforms. EasyNfc is an Android library supporting nfc-style interactions on devices lacking an NFC radio. Ben is also the lead developer of the web-based media streaming application, Jinzora.
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