Title page for ETD etd-11132006-115451

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kallakuri, Karun Kumar
Author's Email Address KKALLA1@LSU.EDU
URN etd-11132006-115451
Title Communication Blades: Modular Communications for Tangible and Embedded Interfaces
Degree Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
Department Electrical & Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brygg Ullmer Committee Co-Chair
Jagannathan Ramanujam Committee Co-Chair
Jerry Trahan Committee Member
  • embedded interfaces
  • human computer interaction
  • communication modules
  • tangible interfaces
Date of Defense 2006-11-07
Availability unrestricted
Bladed Tiles is a modular hardware toolkit for building tangible and embedded interface devices. It includes “function blades” and “interaction tiles,” which can provide a flexible, inexpensive, open-ended platform for constructing a wide variety of tangible and embedded interfaces.

In this paper, we propose Communication Blades. These are a class of electronic modules with varied computational capabilities for interfacing devices built using bladed tiles toolkit and also for interfacing embedded devices as adapters with external communication networks.

These blades provide flexibility by offering the ability to select between different communication technologies and connectivity by providing devices with interoperability over different communication mediums.

Furthermore, the modular blade architecture allows different types of communication blades to be plugged in on demand. This reduces the need for development and knowledge of communication protocols by the developers, thus abstracting the underlying complexity.

My research work includes studying and designing various communication blades i.e. Serial, USB, Bluetooth and Gumstix. It also includes prototyping, testing and implementing the communication blades.

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