< New Media and Learning Workshop 2004

Embedded ICT in learning spaces

Ubiquitous computing is a growing area of research. According to the ubiquitous computing paradigm digital tools and computers will be embedded in our environment, small portable devices, clothes and body in such a way that the computer technology - as we see it today - will become invisible.

Often the researcher and designer of ubiquitous computing makes comparisons to such technical infrastructure as electricity and water supply system, where users are simply using the system without thinking of using it. The technology itself has become invisible for the user.

Recommended reading: The Invisible Computer: Why Good Products Can Fail, the Personal Computer Is So Complex, and Information Appliances Are the Solution by Donald A. Norman. Available in the Media Lab library.