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Books about the future of Ambient Intelligence
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The New Everyday View on Ambient Intelligence
by Stefano Marzano; Emile Aarts

What is Ambient Intelligence? Is it embedding technology into objects? How does it incorporate or cater for universal desires, complex social relationships, different value systems? What about individuals' likes and dislikes, or the sustainability of economic and natural ecosystems? This book explores the increasingly relevant phenomenon of Ambient Intelligence in the form of essays by experts with illustrations.

Networked Neighbourhoods: The Connected Community in Context
by Patrick Purcell

The setting for this book is the networked community. The treatment of the subject matter is broad and interdisciplinary, with contributions from computer science, sociology, design, human factors and communication technology.

The chapter contributors, drawn from across Europe and North America, offer a varied prospectus of commentary, critique, sociological enquiry, technological development and research findings, which provides a rounded account of the progressive intermingling of social and electronic networks.

The contributors discuss the ways in which the Internet affects both familial and social relationships, communal and civic involvement, social capital and work patterns and lifestyle. Civic intelligence is presented as a nascent concept from which future social networks of increased public advocacy, scrutiny and action may be sourced. Other reported developments include agent-based community systems to model and support communal memory and social knowledge.

The opening section provides a purview of the broad scene covered by the book, followed by discussions about the current state of connected communities. Following this there are case studies illustrating the different aspects of research, both sociological and technological, in this area. The final part reports the variety and the scope of technology-mediated human-to-human communication in a connected community setting today.

Ambient Intelligence
by W. Weber, J.M. Rabaey, E. Aarts

Ambient intelligence is the vision of a technology that will become invisibly embedded in our natural surroundings, present whenever we need it, enabled by simple and effortless interactions, attuned to all our senses, adaptive to users and context-sensitive, and autonomous. High-quality information access and personalized content must be available to everybody, anywhere, and at any time. This book addresses ambient intelligence used to support human contacts and accompany an individual's path through the complicated modern world. From the technical standpoint, distributed electronic intelligence is addressed as hardware vanishing into the background. Devices used for ambient intelligence are small, low-power, low weight, and (very importantly) low-cost; they collaborate or interact with each other; and they are redundant and error-tolerant. This means that the failure of one device will not cause failure of the whole system. Since wired connections often do not exist, radio methods will play an important role for data transfer. This book addresses various aspects of ambient intelligence, from applications that are imminent since they use essentially existing technologies, to ambitious ideas whose realization is still far away, due to major unsolved technical challenges.

AmIware: Hardware Technology Drivers of Ambient Intelligence
by Satyen Mukherjee, Emile Aarts, Raf Roovers, Frans Widdershoven, Martin Ouwerkerk

Ambient Intelligence, an emerging paradigm in the development of information and communication technology, has attracted much attention in recent years. The aim of AmI is to seamlessly integrate technology into people's environment in ways that improve their daily lives in terms of well-being, creativity, and productivity. Ambient Intelligence is a multidisciplinary concept that fully leverages a number of fundamental breakthroughs achieved in the development of new hardware concepts during the past several years. Recent advances in nano and micro electronics, packaging and interconnection technology, large-area electronics, energy scavenging devices, wireless sensors, low power electronics and computing platforms enable realization of the marvels of Ambient Intelligence by overcoming myriad physical challenges. Featuring contributions from leading technical experts, this book presents a number of key topics in hardware innovation, thus providing the reader with critical insight into the physical basis of Ambient Intelligence as well as the key challenges that lie ahead.

Digital Ground: Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing
by Malcolm McCullough

Digital Ground is an architect's response to the design challenge posed by pervasive computing. One century into the electronic age, people have become accustomed to interacting indirectly, mediated through networks. But now as digital technology becomes invisibly embedded in everyday things, even more activities become mediated, and networks extend rather than replace architecture. The young field of interaction design reflects not only how people deal with machine interfaces but also how people deal with each other in situations where interactivity has become ambient. It shifts previously utilitarian digital design concerns to a cultural level, adding notions of premise, appropriateness, and appreciation.

Malcolm McCullough offers an account of the intersections of architecture and interaction design, arguing that the ubiquitous technology does not obviate the human need for place. His concept of "digital ground" expresses an alternative to anytime-anyplace sameness in computing; he shows that context not only shapes usability but ideally becomes the subject matter of interaction design and that "environmental knowing" is a process that technology may serve and not erode.

Drawing on arguments from architecture, psychology, software engineering, and geography, writing for practicing interaction designers, pervasive computing researchers, architects, and the general reader on digital culture, McCullough gives us a theory of place for interaction design. Part I, "Expectations," explores our technological predispositions -- many of which ("situated interactions") arise from our embodiment in architectural settings. Part II, "Technologies," discusses hardware, software, and applications, including embedded technology ("bashing the desktop"), and building technology genres around life situations. Part III, "Practices," argues for design as a liberal art, seeing interactivity as a cultural -- not only technological -- challenge and a practical notion of place as essential. Part IV, "Epilogue," acknowledges the epochal changes occurring today, and argues for the role of "digital ground" in the necessary adaptation.

RFID Essentials
by Bill Glover, Himanshu Bhatt

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly changing the way businesses track inventory and assets. From Wal-Mart and Tesco to the U.S. Department of Defense, early efforts are already showing benefits, but software, integration, and data processing for RFID still present a challenge. If you are a developer or an architect charged with developing an RFID system, this book is for you. Drawing on extensive experience, Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt provide you with essential information on this emerging technology.

RFID Strategic Implementation and ROI: A Practical Roadmap to Success
by Charles Poirier, Duncan Mccollum

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is one of the most talked about emerging technologies in business today. But is it a temporary fad or an unstoppable business improvement process? Because organizations such as Wal-Mart and the US Department of Defense (DoD) have endorsed RFID and are requiring key suppliers to be compliant as early as 2005, many businesses are currently in the process of evaluating and testing this new technology. As these actions play out, the list of promises and problems continue to grow as does the need to better understand what RFID is all about.

RFID Strategic Implementation and ROI will help the reader comprehend the basics of RFID, the fundamental technology and components, the potential applications and business issues, and the marketplace forces at work in front of and behind the scenes. It will explain the links with supply chain management and develop an outline of costs and benefits. The authors demystify the issues and present a clear roadmap for implementation and adoption by manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and suppliers.

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