RE: Request for interested participants in an Health & Welness Web Apps W3C community group


Sony Ericsson is also involved in the Webinos project, is a member of the DAP WG and is also a member of Continua. Within Webinos we have defined a general high level API allowing Web Applications discover and access local and remote resources, through standard or application defined APIs. We have also specified a generic high level API to retrieve data from discovered sensors. 

We consider the request for a W3C "Health & Welness Web Apps  W3C community group" interesting. It is important to provide reasonable "easy to use" APIs for web developers to discover and access sensors, that hides underlying low level discovery and communication mechanisms. Furthermore, as Dave says, we need to address security issues, both related to privacy and related to the reliability of medical data.

Best regards
  Claes Nilsson

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Raggett
Sent: den 30 juni 2011 10:58
To: Micheil Smith
Cc: Josh Soref; Lopez de la Fuente, Jose Manrique;
Subject: Re: Request for interested participants in an Health & Welness Web Apps W3C community group

On 29/06/11 19:43, Micheil Smith wrote:
> I don't know too much on the specifics of hardware APIs, but what about a standard
> way to communicate to bluetooth/usb devices from the browser?
> I'd imagine that it'd require binary support in the browsers (ByteArray), but then you
> could implement all the parsing and protocol specific stuff at user level, outside of
> the standard api definitions.
> This is sort of what we at do with WebSockets, we provide an API on top
> that sets up things like channels and implements an event style protocol on top of the
> websocket protocol. This works really well because then you can have another service
> that implements our subprotocol and can then hook into our service.
> I feel this sort of pattern would work quite well for a bluetooth / usb API.

In the EU webinos project we are looking into web overlay models for 
discovery and messaging with devices with a view to applications for 
home networking. I built a NPAPI plugin to discover services over mDNS, 
SSDP (UPnP), SLP, Bluetooth and USB, see:

The next step will be to add mechanisms to locate and run service 
drivers matching a given service. These would be a mix of native code 
libraries plus scripts.  The aim is to allow third party components to 
support a simplified scripting model for use by regular web application 
developers.  Of course, security, trust and privacy are very important 
issues here, and are key goals for webinos. I am looking at running the 
plugin and the service drivers in a separate security context, e.g. a 
Firefox addon or Chrome extension. Applications wanting access to these 
services would need to get user consent, just as is the case today with 
access to geolocation. That is however, just the starting point for a 
discussion on stronger mechanisms for security and privacy for web 
applications as we strive to enable developers to create compelling new 
multi-device applications that fulfill the need for strong security and 

  Dave Raggett<>

Received on Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:05:10 UTC