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
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.
- ClearBoard is a classic.
ClearBoard is scenario for distant group work. It's designed to integrate
interpersonal space and shared workspace seamlessly.
Architecture and Technologies for Inspirational Learning Environments -project.
The aim of the project is to contribute to inspirational learning environments,
which are grounded in an understanding of creative practices within design,
architecture and art. Check the D4 Concept Design -document in the
- IWorks research lab at
Stanford University. The Stanford Interactive Workspaces project is exploring
new possibilities for people to work together in technology-rich spaces with
computing and interaction devices on many different scales.
The Black Box Theater and AV/IT Convergence: Creating the Classroom of the Future by
Mark Valenti in EDUCAUSE Review, September/October 2002.
- Apple wireless mobile lab is a
very clever alternative for a traditional school computer lab with specialized computer desks, PC tower systems, huge TVs, bad air quality and
children with bulged eyes.
Ubiquitous computing today.
Practice Theory, Pedagogy, and the Design of Learning Environments by Peter C. Lippman,
the Chairman for the American Institute of Architect (AIA) Committee on
Architecture for Education. This is a nice theory-based, but design-oriented article.