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Achieving Ubiquity: The New Third Wave
July-September 2010 (vol. 17 no. 3)
pp. 8-12
Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University
Jason Wiese, Carnegie Mellon University
Anind K. Dey, Carnegie Mellon University

Editor's Note

In this article, Chris Harrison, Jason Wiese, and Anind K. Dey discuss the predictions of Mark Weiser, the father of ubiquitous computing, who envisioned that we would have smart personal environments, with numerous computational devices embedded within each environment. The authors point out that, rather than this happening, what we have currently are personalized computational devices, for example, smart phones, tied to users rather than embedded in the environment. The interesting development of this observation is the crux of their article. Even though multimedia, per se, is not specifically addressed in the article, what the authors have to say is certainly relevant to our community, as smart computational devices and sensors of various sorts are certainly siblings under the skin.

William I. Grosky

1. M. Weiser, "The Computer for the Twenty-First Century," Scientific American, Sept. 1991, pp. 94-10.
2. M. Weiser, "Hot Topics: Ubiquitous Computing," Computer, Oct. 1993.

Index Terms:
ubiquitous, pervasive, quality, quantity, computing, ubicomp, tab, pad, mobile devices, smart environments, multimedia and graphics, Media Impact
Chris Harrison, Jason Wiese, Anind K. Dey, "Achieving Ubiquity: The New Third Wave," IEEE Multimedia, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 8-12, July-Sept. 2010, doi:10.1109/MMUL.2010.53
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