in a Hybrid World|
project "Ambient Agoras" aims at providing situated services, place-relevant
information, and feeling of the place (genius loci) to the users,
so that they feel at home in the office, by using information technology
(IT) in an innovative way, e.g. mobile and embedded in the environment.
"Ambient Agoras" adds a layer of information-based services to the
place, enabling the user to communicate for help, guidance, work,
or fun. It integrates information into architecture through smart
artefacts, and will especially focus on providing the environment
with memory, which will be accessible to users. The computer as
a device will disappear, but the functionality will be available
in a ubiquitous and invisible fashion. Finally, "Ambient Agoras"
will augment reality by providing better "affordances " to existing
places. It aims at turning every place into a social marketplace
(= agora) of ideas and information where one can interact with people.
D-64293 Darmstadt, Germany.
Dr. Norbert Streitz
Electricité de France
Bad Münder, Germany