The size, weight, and battery life of mobile devices severely limit the class of applications that run on them. This is not just a temporary limitation, it is intrinsic to the types of mobile hardware that people are willing to carry for extended time periods. A “MAUI Node” is nearby computing infrastructure, connected to mobile devices by a high bandwidth, low latency wireless LAN. MAUI enables a new class of cpu- and data-intensive applications that seamlessly augment the cognitive abilities of users by exploiting speech recognition, NLP, vision, machine learning, and augmented reality.
The best way to impose requirements on Maui and demonstrate the power of the platform is by actually building web-services that take advandage of MAUI nodes. We are starting to build some sample “partitioned” application that use MAUI: interactive games, and a voice-based language translation application.