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"Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 30 Jul 2007 11:49:57 +0200
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Book Announcement:

Springer has published the book on "The Disappearing Computer" as
a "State-of-the-Art Survey" color cover volume in the LNCS series:

Norbert Streitz, Achilles Kameas, Irene Mavrommati (Eds.),

The Disappearing Computer:
Interaction Design, System Infrastructures
and Applications for Smart Environments

Springer, Heidelberg. LNCS 4500 (incl. forewords ca. 320 pages).


"The-computer-as-we-know-it" will have no role in our future everyday
lives. This is the position taken in this book which elaborates how it
will be replaced by a new generation of technologies, moving computing
off the desktop and ultimately integrating it with real world objects
and everyday environments. Computing becomes thus an inseparable part
of our everyday activities while simultaneously disappearing into the
background. It becomes a ubiquitous utility taking on a role similar
to electricity -- an enabling but invisible and pervasive medium
revealing its functionality on request in an unobtrusive way and
supporting people's everyday activities.

As members of the Steering Group of the EU-funded Disappearing Computer
research initiative, the editors of this book successfully assembled
a collection of 13 elaborate chapters and three forewords that address
the issues and challenges in this area. All authors are prominent
researchers who set out investigating, developing and deploying future,
people-centred smart environments. This book provides a unique
combination of concepts, methods and prototypes of ubiquitous and
pervasive computing reflecting the current interest in smart
environments and ambient intelligence.

Excerpts from the forewords for the book:

"The Disappearing Computer initiative anticipated and pioneered
the concept of ambient intelligence (...) and allowed to advance
the boundaries of what is possible with the computer today".
(Thierry van der Pyl/Thomas Skordas, EU Commission)
"While substantial progress was shown on the creation of information
artefacts, it is the new behaviors and user experiences that promise
long-term impact". (Gregory Abowd, GeorgiaTech, USA)
"This current volume undoubtedly provides a major contribution
to fill up this gap of knowledge." (Emile Aarts, Philips Research,
on the relationship of ambient technology and people's behavior)


Dr. rer.nat. Dr. phil. Norbert A. Streitz

Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor
AMBIENTE - Smart Environments of the Future
Fraunhofer IPSI
Dolivostrasse 15, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany

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