The day of the steam-powered, ash-spewing, gear-cranking machine is long gone. Ever since the dawn of the digital age, equipment has progressively become networked, embedded, and miniaturized. Technology is literally everywhere. And it can deliver any information from any point in the world in a heartbeat.
Computer and communication scientist Marc Weiser suggested in 1991 that “in the 21st century the technology revolution will move into the everyday, the small and the invisible.” Often appointed as the father of ubiquitous computing, this Xerox Parc visionary pointed the way to technology assuming an omnipresent, increasingly supportive role, reducing conscious user interaction and aiding the user instead of hindering or patronizing his actions.
This is the paradigm behind ubiquitous computing, a set of technologies that can help redefine technical communication.
What is ubiquitous computing?
As the term indicates, ubiquitous technology surrounds us everywhere: in airports, art galleries, public spaces, and even the comfort of our own homes. The term loosely refers to the “calm technology”, as baptized by Marc Weiser, where information processing and user interaction happen in the ...
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