Networked Surfaces are surfaces which provide networking to specially augmented objects when these objects are physically placed on top of the surface. When an object (e.g. a notebook computer) connects, a handshaking protocol assigns functions such as data or power transmission to the various conducting paths that are established.

This paper describes the position occupied by this concept in the world of networking, presents an overview of the technology used in its realization, describes the current prototype implementation, and outlines the implications in the fields of Ubiquitous and Sentient Computing.