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The Design of Future Things by Donald Norman

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CHAPTER SEVEN

The Future ofEveryday Things

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“What if the everyday objects around us came to life? What if they could sense our presence, our focus of attention, and our actions, and could respond with relevant information, suggestions, and actions?” Would you like that? Professor Pattie Maes at MIT’s Media Laboratory hopes you will. She is trying to develop just such devices. “For example,” she says, “we are creating technologies that make it possible for the book you are holding to tell you what passages you may be particularly interested in . . . and the picture of your grandmother on the wall keeps you abreast of how she is doing when you ...

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