Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Wearable Computing at WPI

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 16, 2001 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building 4-370


Bradford J. Snow - bradford wpi edu


Brad discusses his Wearbook project, StrongARM Linux, and design strategies for wearable computing applications.


This presentation will include discussion on various issues related to wearable computing, Linux, and specifics on Brad's projects. Topics are:

Human Computer Interface (HCI) design for wearable software

  • General challenges and goals
  • How Wearbook addressed these challenges
  • Reasoning behind Wearbook design

StrongARM Based Wearable Computing

  • Linux on StrongARM
  • Developing wearable computing applications for StrongARM Linux
  • Cross-compilers, X Windows, Microwindows, and FLTK


Brad is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, completing his Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; he's also a former President of WPI's ACM Student Chapter. Brad has been designing a Wearable Virtual Course Notebook (Wearbook) application to be used by the student in the classroom. Key features are ability to capture low frame rate video and audio streams, snapshot pictures, search capabilities, context awareness, and indexing of media streams against textual notes. In addition Brad has been designing a StrongARM SA-1110 board for wearable computing use.


  1. YouTube video of meeting

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