AmbientBrowser: Web Browser for Everyday Enrichment

  • Mitsuru Minakuchi
  • Satoshi Nakamura
  • Katsumi Tanaka
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3814)


We propose an AmbientBrowser system that helps people acquire knowledge during everyday activities. It continuously searches Web pages using both system-defined and user-defined keywords, and displays summarized text obtained from pages found by searches. The system’s sensors detect users’ and environmental conditions and control the system’s behavior such as knowledge selection or a style of presentation. Thus, the user can encounter a wide variety of knowledge without active operations. A pilot study showed that peripherally displayed knowledge could be read and could engage a user’s interest. We implemented the system using a random information retrieval mechanism, an automatic kinetic typography composer, and easy methods of interaction using sensors.


Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Target Sentence Text Summarization Peripheral Information Natural Language Processor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitsuru Minakuchi
    • 1
  • Satoshi Nakamura
    • 1
  • Katsumi Tanaka
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Information and Communications TechnologyJapan
  2. 2.Kyoto University 

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