Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing
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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

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Everyware Smart buildings, smart furniture, networked street signs and self-describing soda cans, all of these are facets of ubiquitous computing the author calls "everyware". This work explains how everyware is reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to - and the way we see ourselves. Full description
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 10th 2006 by New Riders
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Dave Emmett
Sep 02, 2010 Dave Emmett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dave by: Sean Filiatrault
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.

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that the extremely short chapters made the book feel very long. 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.

As a designer, the last section was the most relevant and interesting, about the ways everywar...more
This enlightening book actually deserves more than five stars. Funny thing -- I did a search on Goodreads and some people actually gave it one or two stars. Don't know what they were thinking. One of the greatest aspects of the book is that it takes a complex topic (how computers are migrating away from the desktop and becoming integrated into everyday objects, as well as becoming more intuitive to use) and explains it insightfully and in an easy-to-understand fashion. No jargon. No gobbledygook...more
Excellent discussion of the origins of ubiquitous computing, current state of the art (as of 2005), where it might be headed and potential issues and design principles. A must-read, not only in terms of ubiquitous computing, but as an examplar of writings on the social use of technology and as a source of potential design principles for Web 2.0 app developers.
Published in 2006, but I read this in 2013. The most interesting part of this book was to see how far technology has advanced in those 7 years. A very tech-heavy book, but a fascinating read, albeit a bit dated at this point.
The 'thesis' presentation got on my nerves. It felt jarring, as if I were watching a movie with quick cuts between scenes. Yet that is the only complaint I have. The information and arguments in the book are flawless.
I ordered a few "web design" books to inspire my fading interest in web design. This was one of them. I recently started participating in my web design hobby again and will more than likely read it. :)
Seems a curious mix of too-far-ahead and not-caught-up with today. Some good points overall but a little frustrating to read in the 'thesis' presentation.
Most of the technology Greenfield discussed in this book are coming out and are already in existence now.
Jiri Jerabek
Great introduction into the ideas of the internet of things and ubiquitous computing.
Checked out from CMU library, in progress...
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