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Title: The ambient loo - caught short when nature calls?
Authors: Haddadi, Hamed
Henderson, Tristan
Crowcroft, Jon
Keywords: Human Factors
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Citation: Haddadi , H , Henderson , T & Crowcroft , J 2010 , ' The ambient loo - caught short when nature calls? ' ACM Computer Communication Review , vol 40 , no. 2 , pp. 78-78 .
Abstract: On numerous occasions, trips to the facilities coincide with an important mobile phone call. Due to the sleek and polished nature of modern phones, attempting to promptly deal with such calls can occasionally lead to the phone sliding through the owner's hands, surrendering to the force of gravity and flying down the hole. This is a disaster, and often an expensive incident. It can also be a health and safety hazard, with the owner desperately attempting to retrieve their phone and re-using it. This paper provides a first attempt at a cell phone recovery system using the modern functionalities of Toto Japanese toilets.(1) In our approach, the phone is calmly recovered, sanitized and retrieved by the user. This can all happen without the call even being dropped, with possibility of secure backup of the user data by embedded sensor and Wi-Fi network connectivity in the toilet. We envision that such an approach will increase the collaboration between Japanese, European and American mobile operators, network researchers and hardware manufacturers.
Version: Postprint
Description: This article is an editorial note submitted to CCR. It has not been peer reviewed. The author takes full responsibility for this article’s technical content. Comments can be posted through CCR Online.
Status: Non peer reviewed
ISSN: 0146-4833
Type: Journal article
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