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Calm Technology: Designing for Billions of Devices and the Internet of Things

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  7 reviews
How can we use technology as tools instead of letting our technology use us? This practical book explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing the user s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the user s periphery most of the time. You ll learn how to design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published June 25th 2016 by O'Reilly Media
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Emily
This book had a terrible case of magazine-article-as-book syndrome; I was so excited by the topic that I immediately bought it, but came away seriously disappointed.

The first problem is that there is about 25 pages of unique, innovative, relevant content in these 125 pages. The writing is redundant, often repeating the same calls to action over and over, superfluously restating points that were sort of interesting the first time but quickly lose their luster, and did I mention that it is redunda
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Ryan
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Amber Case clearly has some important things to say about how we notify. Business goals (and start-up 'glory') encourage us to get in front of our users as many times as we can. Attention serves as a proxy for starting new behaviors and habits which become sticky.

Amber rightfully asks the question whether it's the right way to make technology. Imagine a coffee maker sending you 5 texts and emails if you didn't make coffee. It doesn't make sense, and it serves as a distraction from the things we
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Alja
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The principles of calm technology are solid, and I had big expectations for the book. Unfortunately, the execution is lacking, relying on broad generalizations and simplifications, without looking at relevant research. For instance, how can a book on this topic largely avoid accessibility issues and keep advocating for solutions that are problematic for people with visual or hearing impairment? Also, a lot of questionable claims about human attention are made without supporting research.

I did f
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Vasilis
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s pretty good for designers who create ordinary stuff for ordinary people but I couldn’t stop thinking about what screenreaders would be like if their creators had read this book.
Amber Case
How can you design technology that becomes a part of a user’s life and not a distraction from it? This practical book explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing a user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time. You’ll learn how to design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, and remain unobtrusive.

Author Amber Case presents ideas first introduced by researchers at Xerox PARC in 1995,
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May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Somewhat more geared towards physical products but still interesting.
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