Experimenting in Mobile Social Contexts Using JellyNets

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Executive Summary

Programmable consumer devices have placed computation within arm's reach at all times and in all places. Unfortunately, researchers interested in investigating this phenomenon often struggle with the expense, inconvenience, and limited scale of existing experimental platforms. In this paper, the authors introduce a new experimental platform for mobile and pervasive computing based on JellyNets, an abstraction for exposing experiments to arbitrary mobile social contexts. Programmable consumer devices such as smartphones are tightly interwoven with people's daily lives, and are nearly as likely to be carried by their owners as a set of house keys or wallet.

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