The Stanford Mobile and Social Computing Laboratory (MobiSocial Lab) was announced last week.
New Stanford computing lab imagines the mobile-social future (Stanford University News)
Based on the attendees, AVG, Google, Nokia and Sony Ericsson may be underwriting the team. The focus technology looks to be NFC (Near Field Communications). You can see demonstrations of how the lab has used it already in the video emboedded below.
The lab’s mission statement reads:
To create disruptive mobile and social computing technology that serves consumers’ interests and benefits the economy in the long term.
Our focus is to let everyone interact socially with each other, without having to join the same proprietary social network.
The success of the project lies in making it FUN for the users and EASY for software developers.
We will create:
– Novel and attractive social interaction paradigms
– Seamless social experience across hybrid devices
– Open, egalitarian social and mobile computing architecture and platform
– SocialKit: open-source software for phones, tablets, PCs, TVs for creating social-network agnostic applications.
– Compelling representative applications
– Real-life trials
– A development community
Video courtesy of StanfordUniverisity