u-Texture: Self-organizable universal panels for creating smart surroundings

Naohiko Kohtake, Ryo Ohsawa, Takuro Yonezawa, Yuki Matsukura, Masayuki Iwai, Kazunori Takashio, Hideyuki Tokuda

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18 Citations (Scopus)


This paper introduces a novel way to allow non-expert users to create smart, surroundings. Non-smart everyday objects such as furniture and appliances found in homes and offices can be converted to smart, ones by attaching computers, sensors, and devices. In this way, non-smart, components that, form non-smart objects are made smart in advance. For our first prototype, we have developed u-Texture, a self-organizable universal panel that works as a building block. The u-Texture can change its own behavior autonomously through recognition of its location, its inclination, and surrounding environment by assembling these factors physically. We have demonstrated several applications to confirm that u-Textures can create smart surroundings easily without expert, users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2005
Subtitle of host publicationUbiquitous Computing - 7th International Conference, UbiComp 2005, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)3540287604, 9783540287605
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2005 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2005 Sept 112005 Sept 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3660 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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