All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls ” everyware.” In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations. We’re proud to offer a taste of Adam Greenfield’s new book, Everyware. A List Apart is pleased to present the introduction of Everyware: The. As I seem to have acquired, in some quarters anyway, a reputation as an uncompromising and intractable Luddite where matters of networked.

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Even something as seemingly straightforward and honorable as an anticorruption initiative can undo a fabric of relations that offered the otherwise voiceless at least some access to local power. In the fraught regime of jet-age dogfighting, even a momentary dip of the eyes to a dashboard-mounted instrument cluster could mean disaster.

What the discourse around AR shares with other contemporary trans- and posthuman narratives is a frustration with the limits of the flesh, and a frank interest in transcending them through technical means. What happens when the information necessary to comprehend and operate an environment is not immanent to that environment, but has adma decoupled from it?

At this moment in time, it would be hard to exaggerate the appeal the prospect of wearable augmentation holds for its vocal cohort of enthusiasts within the technology community. Nor are the qualities that make smartphone-based AR so catastrophically clumsy, in virtually every scenario of use, particularly likely to change over time.

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

A first set of reservations centers on the technical difficulties involved in the articulation of an acceptably high-quality augmentive experience. Although Adam Greenfield’s theses are almost 9 years old, they look at least 5 years into the future! How will it change us? The necessity of integrating what were then relatively crude and heavy cameras, motion sensors and projectors into a comfortably wearable package limited the success of these early efforts — and this is to say nothing of the challenges posed by the difficulty of establishing a reliable network connection to a mobile unit.


Very, very interesting for me to see how my feelings have evolved, and where they remain consistent; there are probably as many instances of the former as of the latter.

And the culture that community has in time developed around these tools and languages? It was almost like reading a series of blog posts about ubiquitous computing, though a series evryware very well written and carefully ordered blog posts.

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Jun 20, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is invisible, everywhere computing that does not live on a personal device of any sort, but is in the woodwork everywhere.

Each of these objects is represented by a graphic icon and each is characterized under the surface by an arbitrary number of attributes and inherent, dynamic and relational attribute values.

In he returned to New York City and founded an urban-systems design practice called Urbanscale, which describes their work as “design for networked cities and citizens. I hope you enjoy it. An emergent vocabulary of form for urban screens. Every user a developer, part II, or: We should know by now that there are and can be no[ 7 ] Pareto-optimal solutions for any system as complex as a city.

The street will find its own uses; do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law; great shall be the rejoicing. The delay and physical awkwardness occasioned by having to hold a phone between us goes away, and while there would still be a noticeable saccade or visual stutter as I glanced up to read your details off my display, this might well be preferable to not being remembered at all.


See 1 question about Everyware…. Even beyond whatever doubts we may harbor as to the ability of algorithms constructed in this way to capture urban dynamics with any sensitivity, the element of the arbitrary we see here should give us pause. The hard fact is that for a variety of reasons having to do with national spectrum policy, a lack of perceived business incentives for universal broadband connectivity, and other seemingly intractable circumstances, these issues are nowhere near being ironed out.

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The Stolpersteine force us to read this stretch of unremarkable sidewalk in two ways simultaneously: When do we need to begin prepareing for everyware? At its simplest, App Inventor does pretty much what it says on the tin. And, of course, the open, shared, widely-adopted interoperability frameworks and standards that would allow us to bind these resources together and animate their interaction in useful ways.

Given the significant scope for discretion in defining the variables on which any such thing is founded, we need to understand that the authorship of an algorithm intended to guide the distribution of civic resources is itself an inherently political act. The earliest appearance I can locate is Some suggest that ordinary people mediate the challenges of everyday life via complex informational dashboards, much like everywate first devised by players of World of Warcraft and similar massively multiplayer online role-playing games.

Gestural interfaces like those seen greenffield Minority Report.

There is one further consideration for me here, though, that tends to soften the blow.