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Book Description

10 Mar 2006

Ubiquitous computing--almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us--is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? how can we shape its emergence?

Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in Minority Report. The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.

All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.

What are people saying about the book?

"Adam Greenfield is intense, engaged, intelligent and caring. I pay attention to him. I counsel you to do the same." --HOWARD RHEINGOLD, AUTHOR, SMART MOBS: THE NEXT SOCIAL REVOLUTION

"A gracefully written, fascinating, and deeply wise book on one of the most powerful ideas of the digital age--and the obstacles we must overcome before we can make ubiquitous computing a reality."--STEVE SILBERMAN, EDITOR, WIRED MAGAZINE

"Adam is a visionary. he has true compassion and respect for ordinary users like me who are struggling to use and understand the new technology being thrust on us at overwhelming speed."--REBECCA MACKINNON, BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Everyware is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (10 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321384016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321384010
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ubiquitous computing--almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us--is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? how can we shape its emergence?

Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in Minority Report. The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.

All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.

What are people saying about the book?

"Adam Greenfield is intense, engaged, intelligent and caring. I pay attention to him. I counsel you to do the same." --HOWARD RHEINGOLD, AUTHOR, SMART MOBS: THE NEXT SOCIAL REVOLUTION

"A gracefully written, fascinating, and deeply wise book on one of the most powerful ideas of the digital age--and the obstacles we must overcome before we can make ubiquitous computing a reality."--STEVE SILBERMAN, EDITOR, WIRED MAGAZINE

"Adam is a visionary. he has true compassion and respect for ordinary users like me who are struggling to use and understand the new technology being thrust on us at overwhelming speed."--REBECCA MACKINNON, BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Everyware is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.

About the Author

Adam Greenfield is head of design direction for service and user interface design at Nokia. He was previously an instructor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he co-taught a class called Urban Computing. He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Adam Greenfield's 'Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing' looks at the possibilities, opportunities and issues posed by the embedding of networked computing power and information processing in the environment, from the clichéd `rooms that recognise you and adapt to your preferences' to surveillance systems linking databases to track people's behaviour with unprecedented precision. The book is presented as a series of 81 theses, each a chapter in itself and each addressing a specific proposition about ubiquitous computing and how it will be used.

As a designer, my own especial interest in the subject is the 'architectures of control' that may result from pervasive everyware, and I was extremely interested to learn how Greenfield sees the control aspects of everyware panning out. He describes, in detail, the potential of different implementations of everyware for both assisting and restricting us, and fundamentally changing the way we choose (or are required) to interact with the world.

The final set of theses is a series of conditions which Greenfield believes everyware's developers and promoters must consider and adopt in order to produce the most beneficial results for civil and individual freedom.

Overall, this is a most impressive book which clearly leads the reader through the implications of ubiquitous computing, and the issues surrounding its development and deployment in a very logical style (the 'series of theses' method helps in this: each point is carefully developed from the last and there's very little need to flick between different sections to cross-reference ideas). The book's structure has been designed, which is pleasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 8 Nov 2012
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A great read if you are interested in the non technicals for the web of things. Good ideas and well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to ubiquitous computing. 6 Feb 2012
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This book isn't a practical "how to" for designers, instead its job is to introduce the philosophical and ethical discussions around what ubiquitous computing will mean to all of us, designers and "users" alike.

His arguments are presented as mini-thesis's which build upon each other to give a very rounded view of the challenges we will face in designing (and using) future products and services.

In my opinion, Greenfield's writing style is perfectly suited to presenting these ideas. He's approach is balanced and there isn't even a hint of the polarised dystopian/utopian world view you often find in popular books on the future of technology.

Instead what you get is a framework for understanding your role as a designer, the role of technology and the sense that it's in all our interest for designers to care about the wider context our work exists in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It finally came 19 Feb 2014
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Love the book, it's in great condition and it finally arived today !!!

I love it ! Would buy again
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3.0 out of 5 stars General view on ubicomp 28 Dec 2013
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This book is nicely done but is ageing slightly. If you know anything about ubicomp or internet of things, won't tell you anything you don't know.
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