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Laboratory for Communications Engineering

Engineering Department

University Of Cambridge

AT&T Laboratories

CAMBRIDGE

Example App: Networked Desk

Get rid of “spaghetti” behind desks

and of need for trunking everywhere

Eliminates possibility of mis-wiring

Novices don’t want to know what a “serial port” is

c.f. Ubiquitous Computing

Power provided as low voltage DC

With current limiting hardware

No danger to humans

Even more important: no danger to circuitry!

Most devices do not use mains-level AC anyway

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