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Ubiquitous Computing getting closer and closer May 8, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in new technologies, physical interaction design, prototyping tools.

The basic philosophy of my foundation class teaching in Physical Interaction Design is very inspired by the thoughts on Ubiquitous Computing by Marc Weiser dating back to 1991. He did this nice graph showing the development in computing, from main frame to what he call ubiquitous (many computers per person):

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Not only that he was very right, today I read about a PC called Raspberry Pi device for 25$ in the size of an USB-stick:

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With this size and this price and the fact of not being an embedded or proprietary system I guess that a lot of new use cases are thinkable! And I think that Arduino and these friends need to update their concept as well – as least the price!

I also talked to J. Cohen, our wonderful lead developer of Fritzing, and he said that even Fritzing might run on this device. We need to try, but that would be impressive!



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