Mobile Matchmaking: Proximity Sensing and Cueing


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Date: January 2008
Type: White Paper
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Overview: Mobile phones have been adopted faster than any technology in human history and now are available to the majority of people on Earth who earn more than $5 a day. More than one billion mobile phones were sold during 2003, six times as many as the number of personal computers sold that year. Such an infrastructure of handheld communication devices is ripe for novel applications, especially considering their continual increase in processing power. This research paper introduces a system of sensing a social environment and cueing informal interactions between nearby users who don’t know each other, but probably should.

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