A Survey of User Interaction for Spontaneous Device Association

TitleA Survey of User Interaction for Spontaneous Device Association
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsChong, M. Ki, Mayrhofer R., & Gellersen H.
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Date PublishedJuly
KeywordsDevice association, pairing, spontaneous interaction, survey, taxonomy, user interaction, wireless

In a wireless world, users can establish ad hoc virtual connections between devices that are unhampered by cables. This process is known as spontaneous device association. A wide range of interactive protocols and techniques have been demonstrated in both research and practice, predominantly with a focus on security aspects. In this article, we survey spontaneous device association with respect to the user interaction it involves. We use a novel taxonomy to structure the survey with respect to the different conceptual models and types of user action employed for device association. Within this framework, we provide an in-depth survey of existing techniques discussing their individual characteristics, benefits and issues.

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