Pervasive Computing is a research area dealing with embedded systems, real-time and distributed computing. A major topic is the diffusion of digital elements into a real-world environment, enriching it with 'smart' artifacts that provide new, more natural interaction paradigms.
Enhancing daily-use appliances with computing power and the ability to transmit data over wireless links creates a perspective, where interaction with all things over global networks becomes a reality.
Web Luggage extends a normal suitcase with multiple sensors and a web-server, giving it the ability to identify objects placed inside it wirelessly. The Web-server can be used to access different functions, like a listing of the current inventory, logs of what has been inside, or its current location.
University of Linz