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Designers of ubiquitous computing systems envision seeding private and public places with sensors and transmitters, embedded in objects and hidden from view.
The tiny devices, some the size of a postage stamp, could help cognitively impaired seniors take care of themselves, for example, by quietly watching and recording all of their activities, making decisions based on their personal histories, and communicating with their caregivers via mobile phones or other wireless handheld devices.
The AudioTag, which allows people to leave whispered messages floating around in the walls, sounds pretty cool for about the first 30 seconds --
The Audio Tag, said Future Applications Lab researcher Lalya Gaye, is only as risky to a person's privacy as the message the individual records. Most people playing with the device leave short poems and messages for lovers, Gaye said, like, "This is where we kissed for the first time."
The first time I get spammed by one of those suckers, it's coming out of the wall with my trusty crowbar....