Context Awareness System for Mobile Devices

ModeSense is a full stack system that enables indoor environments to become aware of what is happening in them, and then enables the environment to locally inform (offline) all nearby phones and other electronic devices about the most appropriate operating mode in the present time and space. We have developed an ultra-low cost, $5 device that can be installed in conference rooms, lecture halls, movie theaters, homes, and cars, which can dynamically determine the contexts in those areas and then locally broadcast the corresponding mode. Any phones in those areas are then aware of the mode in which they ought to be at that time, and can change their behavior accordingly.


Ali Shtarbanov and V. Michael Bove Jr. 2018. Free-Space Haptic Feedback for 3D Displays via Air-Vortex Rings. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW622, 1–6. DOI:

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Ali Shtarbanov, 2018. AirTap: Multimodal Interactive Interface Platform with Free-Space Cutaneous Haptic Feedback via Toroidal Air-Vortices

Thesis S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2018.

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Thesis Readers:

  • Dr. Joseph Paradiso

  • Dr. Michael Bove

  • Dr. Pattie Maes