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 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 setup (used by non-experts also). To
receive an impression of our environment see MediaCups
moving and meeting in our lab.
The MediaCup is
original designed an research artifact, but today turns out to be a good demonstration
example to explain the principles and use of the research area "ubiquitous
computing" in general.