OptoSense: Ubiquitous Self-Powered Imaging Surface

Gregory Abowd, Thad Starner
Dingtian Zhang, Jung Wook Park, Yuhui Zhao, Yunzhi Li, Yiyang Wang, Tanvi Bhagwat

OptoSense is a ubiquitous Imaging Surface which conforms to everyday objects, harvests energy from ambient light, and senses a variety of human activities without compromising privacy. By leveraging organic semiconductor (OSC) optoelectronics with thin & flexible form factor, large-area compatibility, and highly customizable characteristics, we aim to develop distributed imaging technologies for human activity sensing which truly "weaves" into fabrics of everyday life. 


We are interested in ubiquitous computing and the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications and services that impact our lives. Much of our work is situated in settings of everyday activity, such as the classroom, the office and the home. Our research focuses on several topics including, automated capture and access to live experiences, context-aware computing, applications and services in the home, natural interaction, software architecture, technology policy, security and privacy issues, and technology for individuals with special needs.