4. paradigms

EXERCISE 4.5 [extra - not in book]

Ubiquitous computing has been developing extremely rapidly and will undoubtedly become one of the most significant paradigms over the next decade. This means that some of the systems described in section 4.2.14 of Human-Computer Interaction will be superseded already.

(a) Look around your home, workplace, and personal belongings, talk to your friends and look in magazines and catalogues. List the examples of ubiquitous computing devices you find. (Don't forget the more humble ones like mobile phones.)

(b) Use the web and other sources to find novel uses of ubiquitous computing that are currently being developed. (For some initial pointers see the textbook's web links for chapters 4 & 20)

answer available for tutors only

open-ended investigation

Other exercises in this chapter

ex.4.1 (open), ex.4.2 (tut), ex.4.3 (tut), ex.4.4 (tut), ex.4.5 (open), ex.4.6 (tut), ex.4.7 (tut)

all exercises for this chapter