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The Digital Sommelier: Interacting with Intelligent Products

Michael Schmitz; Jörg Baus; Robert Dörr
In: Christian Floerkemeier; Marc Langheinrich; Elgar Fleisch; Friedemann Mattern; Sanjay E. Sarma (Hrsg.). The Internet of Things - First International Conference, IOT 2008. International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT-2008), March 26-28, Zurich, Switzerland, Pages 247-262, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol. 4952, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2008.


We present the Digital Sommelier, an interactive wine shopping assistant that provides an intuitive multi-modal interface to general product information as well as to particular attributes of a certain product, such as its current temperature. Wine bottles sense their state via attached wireless sensors and detect user interaction over RFID and acceleration sensors. Visitors can inquire information either through physical interaction with products or a natural language interface. We describe a framework and toolkit for efficient prototyping of sensor based applications as the foundation for the integration of different sensor networks utilized by the sommelier. We further introduce our concept of talking products, an anthropomorphic interaction pattern that allows customers to directly talk to products with personalities.