mobi – Autonomous and Mobile Discovery of Object
Many people spend a lot of time searching for objects. Everybody knows how to use Internet search engines like Google in order to retrieve digital information. But what about physical objects? mobi solves this problem in many different scenarios: It is an autonomous vehicle that helps humans to manage and to discover things, for example books in a library or documents in an office.
The mobi system is a collection of several technologies: it comprises an off-the-shelf model car that is controlled by a micro computer. The discovery of objects deploys RFID combined with optical pattern recognition. Based on this technology, mobi guides users to the targeted object with the help of PDAs and mobile phones. Thereby, we use Bluetooth communication between the different components. mobi is not necessarily restricted to libraries; it also can be used for warehouse inventory controls, in households and in many other object discovery scenarios.