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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

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images Thesis 37

Everyday life presents designers of everyware with a particularly difficult case because so very much about it is tacit, unspoken, or defined with insufficient precision.

One of the reasons why networked bathtubs, explicitly ordered friendship arrays, and the other artifacts of everyware we've encountered can seem so dissonant to us is that they collapse two realms that have generally been separate and distinct in the past: the technical, with all the ordered precision it implies, and the messy inexactitude of the everyday.

Everyday situations pose a particular challenge to the designer because so many of their important constituents ...

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