Numerous, casually accessible, often invisible computing devices
Frequently mobile or embedded in the environment
Connected to an increasingly ubiquitous network infrastructure composed of a wired core and wireless edges
Computation is now packed in
a variety of devices.
Computation is moving beyond personal devices.
This present a lot of challenges for designers.
Context is related to communication. By carefully
embedding computing into the context of our lived activities, it can serve us
with minimal effort on our part.
Context: refers to the physical and social situation in which computational devices are embedded.
One goal of context-aware computing is to acquire
and utilize information about the context of a device to provide services that
are appropriate to the people, place, time, events, etc.
The research issue is figuring out how to get context to work in practice.