HCI and related interaction design fields often explore the challenges of future technologies. This future orientation is intrinsic to ubiquitous computing. Conceived during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and developed initially through the work of Xerox PARC’s Computer Sciences Lab (CSL), ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) set out a compelling vision for the future and a strategic path by which to get there. In 1991, CSL’s manager, Mark Weiser, presented the ubicomp vision in a Scientific American article called “The Computer for the 21st Century” . Although it appeared in a popular science magazine, the article has become one of the…
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