An Introduction

I hope today finds you well.  I’m Rob, one of the developers of the Owl Platform.  I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself and talk a little about what we’re doing here.

I’m a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University in New Jersey.  I’ve been working on indoor location systems and sensing platforms for the past 6 years.  Right now my energy is focused on getting the Owl Platform going (obviously!) and investigating techniques to track motion indoors.

The Owl Platform is the result of many years of many people working hard on the GRAIL project at Rutgers Computer Science. Since its inception, it was always a research tool, prototype, or technology demo.  We’ve used it to test new indoor positioning techniques, sensing platforms, and some ubiquitous computing applications.  Our favorite is still getting emails and twitter posts whenever someone makes coffee.

Now, however, we’re trying to make it ready for real use.  We want our friends, family, and everyone else to be able to interact with their world in new ways.  We know it has to be easy, and that’s why we’re putting so much effort into the Owl Platform.  We think it has the potential to combine many different “smart” devices to create truly “smart spaces.”

As described on our front page, we’re gearing up for a Kickstarter funding round next month, so we’re really busy getting things in order.  Not only that, but we’ve still got our normal school-related duties to attend to (writing papers, reading papers, sleeping at our desks).  In any case, we’re really excited and I hope that if you’re reading this, you’ll be excited too.  Keep coming back as the site gets better and we post updates and info about what’s going on.