What is ambient technology?

April 27th, 2006

The Open University is demolishing the old Library to a make way for a new “Ambient Technology” building. Yet nobody seems to know what ambient technology is. DO you?

The best I can find out is:

Ambient technologies are increasingly being proposed to develop environments to support the creative process, such as in participatory design. However, participatory design practice in general and these environments in particular tend to be founded not on theory but on practical experience. Whilst there is a great deal of value in practical experience, we propose developing a theory of creativity as a basis for understanding and supporting the social creative process of design. With such a theoretical basis, we can begin to explain, predict and empirically test how ambient technologies may best support creative processes.


Any the wiser? Me neither.

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