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Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments: A State of the Art

Summary: Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments:
A State of the Art
Juan Carlos Augusto, Hideyuki Nakashima, Hamid Aghajan
1 Introduction
Advances in the miniaturization of electronics is allowing computing devices with
various capabilities and interfaces to become part of our daily life. Sensors, actu-
ators, and processing units can now be purchased at very affordable prices. This
technology can be networked and used with the coordination of highly intelligent
software to understand the events and relevant context of a specific environment and
to take sensible decisions in real-time or a posteriori.
AmI is aligned with the concept of the "disappearing computer" [Weiser(1991),
Weiser(1993), Streitz et al(2007)]:
"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the
fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it."
It is particularly interesting to contrast this time in history when accomplishing
Weiser's aims sounds plausible with the situation five decades ago when computers
had the size of a room and the idea of a computer being camouflaged with any envi-
ronment was an unimaginable notion. Today different appliances have successfully
become integrated to our daily life surroundings to such an extent that we use them
without consciously thinking about them. Computing devices have transitioned in


Source: Augusto, Juan Carlos - School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster at Jordanstown


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences