Four Years Experience: Making Sensibility Testbed Work for SAS

Y. Zhuang, A. Rafetseder, R. Weiss, and J. Cappos

Sensibility Testbed is a framework for developing sensor-based applications that can run on user-provided smartphones, and is easy to program. Over the past four years, we have been organizing hackathons at SAS in order to perform semi-controlled experiments with this platform. Any smartphone user can install Sensibility Testbed and develop a simple sensor application in less than a day. One of the problems with developing and testing such a framework is that there are many possible hardware platforms and system configurations. Hackathons provide an effective venue for observing the development of applications on a range of devices by users with no previous knowledge of the framework.