DATE: Thursday, September 7, 2000
TIME: Noon - 1 pm
PLACE: Singleton Room, Roberts Hall

Chandra Narayanaswami

Manager, Wearable Computing
IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Running Linux on a Wrist Watch Prototype

Advances in circuit design, board layout, and packaging technologies have made it possible to put together a reasonably powerful processor and memory subsystem coupled with a display, battery, and RF wireless communication into a wrist watch. The availability of open source code for Linux, a powerful operating system, allows open platforms to be built on such devices. These abilities open up a new a set of tough challenges in the nature of input devices, applications, power management, interaction models with other devices, wireless communication, and other areas. This talk will describe a platform we have built and the decisions we have made in the course of our investigation.

IBM researchers recently announced that they are successfully running Linux and X11 on the wrist watch prototype.

Chandra currently manages a group on Wearable Computing that is investigating challenging issues in form factors, input devices, navigation, applications, user interfaces, and power management for wearable computing. From Jan 1999 he has led the multi-site, multi-disciplinary IBM Research effort on developing the high function wrist watch computer.

He has authored several journal publications and conference papers and book chapters. He has received 13 IBM Invention Achievement awards and holds more than 20 US patents in the areas of computer graphics and pervasive computing.

He received his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1986, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987 and 1991, respectively.

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