European researchers have developed a prototype platform that promises to support adaptive software capable of automatic contextual reconfiguration. Middleware developed by the MUSIC project combines dozens of factors—user location, the device in use, time of day, Internet connection strength, light levels, and battery condition—to make an educated guess about the user's context.
Users do not have to configure the MUSIC platform, as it gleans its possible settings from the high-level behavior descriptions embedded within most modern software. These descriptions tell the MUSIC program what settings can be modified, and the platform then employs the most suitable settings for a given context.
MUSIC coordinator Geir Horn says the platform developers chose to use Java rather than create software from scratch that would install on any device. A plug-in model also was used to enable useful expansion of the software.
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