The Disappearing Computer

Volume 4500 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 3-29

Smart Artefacts as Affordances for Awareness in Distributed Teams

  • Norbert StreitzAffiliated withFraunhofer Institute IPSI, Darmstadt
  • , Thorsten PranteAffiliated withFraunhofer Institute IPSI, Darmstadt
  • , Carsten RöckerAffiliated withUniversity of California, San Diego
  • , Daniel van AlphenAffiliated withPhilips Design, Boston
  • , Richard StenzelAffiliated withFraunhofer Institute IPSI, Darmstadt
  • , Carsten MagerkurthAffiliated withSAP Research CEC, St. Gallen
  • , Saadi LahlouAffiliated withElectricité de France, Paris
  • , Valery NosulenkoAffiliated withRussian Academy of Science, Moscow
  • , Francois JegouAffiliated withSolutioning Design, Brussels
    • , Frank SonderAffiliated withWilkhahn and Foresee, Bad Münder
    • , Daniela PleweAffiliated withNational University of Singapore

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The manifolds of spaces and places we are entering, populating, transiently crossing and eventually leaving (only to immerse in another subsequent context) as part of our daily activities in our personal, public and professional lives are undergoing a dramatic change. Although this change is taking place we are aware of it only in a limited fashion due to its unobtrusive character as illustrated in the statement by Streitz and Nixon (2005): “It seems like a paradox but it will soon become reality: The rate at which computers disappear will be matched by the rate at which information technology will increasingly permeate our environment and our lives”.