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Collaboration Using Multiple PDAs Connected to a PC

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posted on 01.01.1999, 00:00 authored by Brad Myers, Herb Stiel, Robert Gargiulo

The Pebbles project is creating applications to connect multiple Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to a main computer such as a PC. We are using 3Com PalmPilots because they are starting to be ubiquitous. We created the “Remote Commander” application to allow users to take turns sending input from their PalmPilots to the PC as if they were using the PC’s mouse and keyboard. “PebblesDraw” is a shared whiteboard application we built that allows all of the users to send input simultaneously while sharing the same PC display. We are investigating the use of these applications in various contexts, such as co-located meetings.