Freitag, 24. März 2017

Hypertext, Transclusion and Redundancy

Transclusion means "freedom of redundancy". If a page is transcluded in several other pages, and it is updated, the updates propagate automatically to all includes in a synchronization transaction (hot update).

Ted Nelson defined transclusion as the central concept behind hypertext and hypermedia:

Transconsistency is a transclusion-related concept which allows for transformations of the page before it is embedded. Web systems are usually transclusive

Andreas Bartho's PhD on Elucidative Modeling employed transclusion and transconsistency for redundancy-reduced documentation. The technique generates parts of the documentation from models and code.

Dienstag, 21. März 2017

5G Lab at MWC 2017

End of Febuary, two groups of the 5G Lab Germany,  Software Engineering and Network Coding, ran a big show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Placed prominently at the Telekom booth, we showed the immersive robot Mr. T, a robot remotely controllable by a sensor jacket. The third arm of the robot can be controlled by movements of the head of a human operator, so that the operator can immerse into the scene of the robot. This immersion capability enables tele-operation, tele-presence and tele-decisions.

Donnerstag, 2. März 2017

Project SysPlace about "Blended Interaction with Device Ecosystems" Finished

End of Febuary 2017, the project SysPlace  had its final review. It had several very interesting results for future plug-and-play software architectures in the internet of things:
  • A set of "Blended Interaction Patterns" for the communication between mobile and stationary devices. This set of patterns has been published by Hochschule Mannheim, Prof. Köhler ( It contains a very orthogonal and consistent pattern language for the design of modern multi-device applications
  • Many case studies based on the pattern catalogue have been realized with our system "Smart Application Grids (SMAGS)" of Christian Piechnick. SMAGS has a new release. If you are interested, read a blog entry in the SMAGS blog, how to implement blended interactions (in German)
Welcome to the world of blended interaction within an ecosystem of devices.

Augmented and Mixed Reality Become Real

At this year's Mobile World Congress, the first glasses of ZEISS has been announced that offer Mixed Reality in form of a "normal" shape of glasses. This is an important milestone after the appearance of the Microsoft Hololens, because the ZEISS glasses are much more simple to wear.

Here is the press release of Telecom and ZEISS.

MR and AR become reality now. MR becomes much simpler and easier to use now. In 10 years from now, everybody will be tempted to wear these classes. What will change in our world?

  • We will have many advantages from MR, such as help systems for unknown environments, information about the state of machines, interactions with machines and robots, and many more. 
  • However, will we be able to live free like before? Everyone carrying such glasses can be tracked!
We need an extension of the German constitution ensuring the right of "personal non-tracking" when wearing an MR device.

Here you can see some of the first experiments of our chair with the Hololense. We did them in the project CyPhyMan on cyber-physical production management. It had several demos the the fair INservFM on facility management: