The MediaCup is an
ordinary coffee cup augmented with sensing, processing and communication capabilities
(integrated in the cup's bottom), to collect and communicate general context information
in a given environment. It is an example how to equip everyday objects and environment
with computing and communication capabilities. With the MediaCup setup (consisting of
several cups and other equipment) we explore the added value of computerized everyday
objects. The MediaCup demonstrator is used since Sept, 1999 in an everyday environment. To
receive an impression of our environment see MediaCups moving and meeting in our lab.
The MediaCup is
primarily used as an research artifact, but today turns out to be a good demonstration
example to explain the principles and use of ubiquitous computing in general.