[AG-TECH] AccessGrid on PDA devices

Brian Corrie bcorrie at sfu.ca
Fri Feb 24 11:41:47 CST 2006

Opps, forgot the picture...


Brian Corrie wrote:
> Hi all,
> Back in the AG 1.x days we had something along these lines working. 
> Recall that AG 1.x was web based and it started up vic and rat through 
> wrappers that were started via web navigation. This was a bit of an 
> extension that we did on AG 1.x. We got this going to some degree, using 
> the work that I think the Motorola folks got going with vic and rat on 
> PDAs... We also did some work on media stream selection, so the wireless 
> device got only the video feeds that they wanted (similar to 
> PersonalBridge).
> Performance was actually not too bad if you didn't go overboard on the 
> video feed. I have attached a picture of a PDA in action. The image on 
> the PDA is a video stream of a scan converted visualization, being 
> displayed by Vic. It was pretty cool. I think this would be a lot more 
> work given the AG architecture of today, but then again, the processors 
> and OSes on PDAs are becoming more and more sophisticated...
> Cheers,
> Brian
> John Hodrien wrote:
>> On Thu, 23 Feb 2006, Derek Piper wrote:
>>>     Heh, that sounds fun. I can picture the NCSA lobby in little 
>>> teeny tiny 1/2" windows ... :D
>>>     VIC is just the video component, you'd need something to take the 
>>> job of RAT and then you have audio too. From that you could join in 
>>> with a manual hookup, since you would need the VenueClient software 
>>> and associated dependencies in order to browse venues. I'm thinking 
>>> all that would probably slaughter the poor little PDA but it sounds 
>>> like it's worth a laugh.
>>>     For manual hookup, get the ports from the 'Properties' entry of 
>>> the 'Venue' menu of a VenueClient. You might want to also go to a 
>>> venue with a bridge (or run one yourself against your venue server) 
>>> to remove multicast from being a problem over the wireless.
>> I think it sounds like good clean fun ;)
>> Considering skype copes well on a PDA (and that's *hideously* CPU 
>> intensive) I
>> figure it's within reach, and that the compromises would be workable.
>> Should we be expecting requests for a PPC shared presentation tool in 
>> a few
>> weeks?
>> jh
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