Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ambient Technology

For those of us who have been around for long enough to remember a time where information was not easy to either pull (time consuming) or have pushed( interruptive and intrusive) , it is amazing to consider both methods of information deployment (even before the push mechanism has run its course or exhausted its full potentail) are now reaching obsolensce and the new deal is ambient technology which is described thusy :

For some it's the status of their portfolio, or the health of an aging parent. Others want to know if their friends are online, the upcoming weather, the score of a game, if the fish are biting, or if there's heavy traffic on their drive home. These are examples of information that is neither worthy of interrupt (push), nor worthy of investing time (pull). This type of information should be glanceable, like a clock or barometer. We call this ambient information..

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