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All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls ” everyware.” In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations. We’re proud to offer a taste of Adam Greenfield’s new book, Everyware. A List Apart is pleased to present the introduction of Everyware: The. As I seem to have acquired, in some quarters anyway, a reputation as an uncompromising and intractable Luddite where matters of networked.

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It was almost like reading a series of blog posts about ubiquitous computing, though a series of very well written and carefully ordered blog posts. How is everyware different from what were used to?

One of my favourites. By far the most important of these is that it works as a mugprior to the question of any networked or interactive functionality. By contrast, the notion that everything the network knows might be brought to bear on someone or -thing standing before us, directly there, directly present, available to anyone with the wherewithal to sign a two-year smartphone contract and download an app — this is a deeply seductive idea.

And we pay the price for this daily, in increments of waste, frustration, exhaustion and missed opportunity. To ask other readers questions about Everywareplease sign up. Part III Every user a developer Arguing that the true gains will be made not by offering people powerful tools, but the ability to make their own tools of equal power.

All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls “everyware. The information and arguments in the book are flawless. Open Preview See a Problem?

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

Preview — Everyware by Adam Greenfield. Nor is it the only factor likely to skew the act of data collection; long, sad experience suggests that the usual array of all-too-human pressures will continue to condition any such effort. This book has a strong focus on the human side of new-fangled technology, which makes it refreshingly different than most books about the subject. While Glass poses any number of aesthetic, practical and social concerns — all of which remain to be convincingly addressed, by Google or anyone else — it does at least give us a way to compare hands-free, head-mounted AR with the handset-based approach.

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Checked out from CMU library, in progress After arriving in Lisbon I became utterly fascinated by it. Although Adam Greenfield’s theses are almost 9 years old, they look at least 5 years into the future!

The necessity of integrating what were then relatively crude and heavy cameras, motion sensors and projectors into a comfortably wearable package limited the success of these early efforts — and this is to say nothing of the challenges posed by the difficulty of establishing a reliable network connection to a mobile unit. By selecting high-level, self-describing objects relevant to what she wants to do, and then using an enhanced text editor to compose what is effectively a rebus providing operators for these arguments, someone like my mom — with no technical background, or interest in or inclination toward acquiring one — can make herself a highly useful module of functionality, suited to her immediate and particular needs.


As a designer, the last section was the most relevant and interesting, about greenfiel ways everyware should be designed to preserve our humanity in the face of gfeenfield change.

The Kindle edition is now available for purchase. Nov 23, Troy rated it liked it Shelves: Beyond the profound technical and practical challenges involved in achieving any such goal, though, someone not committed to one or another posthuman program may find that they have philosophical reservations with this notion, and what it implies for urban life.

How will it change us? The municipal governments that constitute the primary intended audience for materials like these can only be advised, therefore, to approach all such claims with the greatest caution.

Perhaps a less technologically-intensive scenario would be better suited to the phone as platform for augmentation? The RFID tags now embedded in everyt Ubiquitous computing–almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us–is rapidly becoming a reality.

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Books by Adam Greenfield. If it seems like breaking a butterfly on a wheel to subject marketing copy to this kind of dissection, I am merely taking Siemens and the other advocates of the smart city at their word, and this is what they claim to really believe. When do we need to begin prepareing for everyware? We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours. An augmented view returning the layered past to the present, in such a way as to color our understanding of the things all around us, might certainly prove to be more emotionally resonant than any conventional monument.

Wearable devices clearly have the potential to exacerbate existing problems of self-absorption and mutual inconsideration[9]. And what about the question of interpretation?

Selected pages Page zdam. Deprived of contextual cues — the time and location at which I usually meet someone, a distinctive hairstyle or mode of dress — I generally find myself no more able to recognize former colleagues or students than I can complete strangers. How might we safeguard our prerogatives in an everyware world?


Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

The risk of bodily harm, whatever its source, might be rendered as a red wash over the field of vision; point-by-point directions as a bright and unmistakable guideline reaching into the landscape.

To surrender this measure of control — to insist that all bottom-up, all the time is any kind of a path to a better world, and that all we can or should do is get out of the way — is fatuous, even negligent. Arguing that the true gains will be made not by offering people powerful tools, but the ability to make their own tools of equal power.

And for sure it means getting out ahead of foreseeable problems and taking measures to prevent their emergence. The street will find its own uses; do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law; great shall be the rejoicing. Jan 02, Gina rated it really liked it.

One early AR system was intended to help engineers make sense of the gutty tangle of hydraulic lines, wiring and control mechanisms in the fuselage of an airliner under construction; each component in the otherwise-hopeless confusion was overlaid with a visual tag identifying it by name, and colored according to the system it belonged to. It certainly would be convenient if this golden mean could be determined automatically and consistently, via the application of a set procedure — in a word, algorithmically.

He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Control also means permitting some introduction of randomness in the service of a defined end. See [a later section] on seamfulness.

After letting the If you’re into stuff like evetyware, you can read the full review. Maylanhdidong rated it really liked it Jul 20, The Siemens scenario amounts to a bizarre compound assertion that each of our acts has a single salient meaning, which is always and invariably straightforwardly self-evident axam in fact, so much so that this meaning can be recognized, made sense of and acted upon remotely, by a machinic system, without any possibility of mistaken appraisal.

Control also means design with compassion, which is something whose complexities Everywre believe we are just beginning to get a handle on. Who has the authority to append metadata? This article needs additional citations for verification. This is of especial concern given the prospect that one or another form of wearable AR might become as prominent in the negotiation of everyday life as the smartphone itself.