Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI

The Disappearing Computer

Interaction Design, System Infrastructures and Applications for Smart Environments

Editors: Streitz, Norbert, Kameas, Achilles, Mavrommati, Irene (Eds.)

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About this book

“The-computer-as-we-know-it” will have no role in our future everyday lives. This is the position taken in this book which elaborates how it will be replaced by a new generation of technologies, moving computing off the desktop and ultimately integrating it with real world objects and everyday environments. Computing becomes thus an inseparable part of our everyday activities while simultaneously disappearing into the background. It becomes a ubiquitous utility taking on a role similar to electricity – an enabling but invisible and pervasive medium revealing its functionality on request in an unobtrusive way and supporting people’s everyday activities.

As members of the Steering Group of the EU-funded Disappearing Computer research initiative, the editors of this book successfully assembled a collection of 13 elaborate chapters and three forewords that address the issues and challenges in this area. All authors are prominent researchers who set out investigating, developing and deploying future, people-centred smart environments. This book provides a unique combination of concepts, methods and prototypes of ubiquitous and pervasive computing reflecting the current interest in smart environments and ambient intelligence.

Excerpts from the three forewords for the book:

Thierry van der Pyl and Thomas Skordas from the European Commission state that: The Disappearing Computer initiative anticipated and pioneered the concept of ambient intelligence … and allowed to advance the boundaries of what is possible with the computer today.

Gregory Abowd from GeorgiaTech in the US writes about this research: While substantial progress was shown on the creation of information artefacts, it is the new behaviors and user experiences that promise long-term impact.

Finally, Emile Aarts from Philips Research comments on the relationship of ambient technology and people’s behavior: "This current volume undoubtedly provides a major contribution to fill up this gap of knowledge."

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The main topic of this book, has been successfully carried out in a variety of settings and activities, such as work environments, health, home, and leisure, to support human collaboration and cooperation. … The targeted audience is HCI and computer science (CS) specialists who are involved in ubicomp research. Moreover, the book may be useful in HCI, computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW), information technology (IT), and related courses for teaching case studies and the state of the art of ubiquitous computing." (Miguel Garcia Ruiz, Computing Reviews, Vol. 50 (1), January, 2009)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Smart Artefacts as Affordances for Awareness in Distributed Teams

    Streitz, Norbert (et al.)

    Pages 3-29

  • From the Disappearing Computer to Living Exhibitions: Shaping Interactivity in Museum Settings

    Bowers, John (et al.)

    Pages 30-49

  • Opening the Digital Box for Design Work: Supporting Performative Interactions, Using Inspirational Materials and Configuring of Place

    Ehn, Pelle (et al.)

    Pages 50-76

  • Spatial Computing and Spatial Practices

    Brodersen, Anders (et al.)

    Pages 77-95

  • Co-designing Communication Technology with and for Families – Methods, Experience, Results and Impact

    Lindquist, Sinna (et al.)

    Pages 99-119

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-72725-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Disappearing Computer
Book Subtitle
Interaction Design, System Infrastructures and Applications for Smart Environments
Editors
  • Norbert Streitz
  • Achilles Kameas
  • Irene Mavrommati
Series Title
Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI
Series Volume
4500
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-72727-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-72727-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-72725-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 304
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