Keywords portable workstations, multimedia user interfaces, graphic tablets
Start Date: 01-DEC-90 / Duration: 38 months
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TELESTATION, the mobile workstation project, will integrate and extend existing developments in portable workstation design, mobile and land-based communications, multimedia user interfaces and application architectures to develop a prototype portable workstation.
In both system design and components development, techniques will be developed for high-level integration and low power consumption. The workstation will support multimedia input/output which will include handwriting, speech and conventional computer formats. System software will be based on a standard Unix interface, and an MS/DOS emulation package will be ported.
TELESTATION will have good communications facilities through integrating both DECT (Digital European Cordless Telecommunications) and GSM (Groupe Special Mobile) into a portable workstation. This will involve the development of standard interfaces (both hardware and software) which can be used as the basis for further work and standardisation contributions. The GSM/(DECT) unit will be no bigger than a satchel.
TELESTATION will support a multimedia user interface. Some media translation will be provided, such as the development and integration of speech and handwriting recognition. In future greater media interchange should be possible, and the project will work towards standards for such interchanges.
Telecommuting (working at home, with efficient communications links to the office) is likely to become much more popular in the near future. TELESTATION will develop a distributed cooperative computing environment with multimedia support as a mechanism to enable effective telecommuting.
In addition, it is intended that TELESTATION will be used in a user involvement study during the project.
Following the withdrawal of Hewlett-Packard and ARG and the merger of ABC with E/O Europe, responsibilities in the consortium have been redefined in order to achieve the same objective with a special action in the field of health care as an application.
Mr Tim King
PERIHELION SOFTWARE LTD
The Maltings, Charlton Road
UK - SHEPTON MALLET BA4 5QE
tel: + 44/ 749-344-203
fax: + 44/ 749-344-977
PERIHELION SOFTWARE LTD - UK - C
ALCATEL RADIOTELEPHONE - F - P
SIXTEL - I - P
DAIMLER-BENZ AG - D - P
E/O EUROPE - UK - P
TELESTATION - 5233, December 1993
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