I was intrigued by a talk on ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp) and library futures, and I was not disappointed. Chris Peters, Technical Analyst at Techsoup, and Michael Porter, Community Project Manager at WebJunction, gave us a fascinating glimpse into the future. They define Ubicomp as “a model of human-computer interaction in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. You can also think of it as computing and information access happening when and where we need it.
- Cheap information processing, cheap memory and storage
- Wireless networking
- Interoperability and open standards
- Universal addressability (every device will have an IP address)
- Sensors (light level, sound level, temperature, etc.)
- Location awareness (an example from Wikipedia