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November - 2011 - issue > In My Opinion

The “Invisible” Context-aware Technology is Here to Stay

Raj Tumuluri
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Raj Tumuluri
First came mainframes, shared by lots of people, followed by the personal computing era, and now, comes the age of calm technology--when technology recedes into the background of our lives.

As Mark Weiser of Xerox PARC and the father of Ubiquitous Computing put it, “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it”. The success of GPS, iPod, iPad and the likes is a living testimony to Mr.Weiser’s vision.

In this age of connected world, context-aware computing is easily the next big thing. Context-aware computing, can refer to anything, from your device (MobilePhone, PC, etc...) knowing where you are, or sensing what you're doing and adjusting its behavior accordingly, or making recommendations based on that information.

Context-awareness can make personal mobile devices more responsive to individual needs, help to proactively anticipate user’s situation, and intelligently deliver personalized information through real-world applications and services; using sensor inputs, data analytics, social networks and delivery context.

In a way, it leverages the progress made thus far in the areas of location & sensory technologies, networking, business intelligence, data-mining, and applies social and behavioral sciences, to help people see more of what they need, suppress the “noise”, and discover hidden relationships between people, information, and events.

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