Gadgets: We love them, we hate them, we can't live without them. They come in a dizzying variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and utility. Some gadgets just occupy space, fulfilling our need to have more stuff. Some, like cellular phones, have become indispensable. Some gadgets are fashion accessories or social statements, serving to start conversations or signal membership in an elite club. Some facilitate mobility; some engender couch potatoes. All of them present HCI challenges. Some of us, the Early Adopters, feel the need to have the latest and greatest gadgets, no matter what need they fulfill. Others of…
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