Chapter 9

Proactivity: Products That Decide for Themselves

As more and more objects become interactive and capable of networking and sensing, we are getting closer to a world where the difference between physical and virtual digital products will cease to exist. If the displays around us are plugged into real-time information about weather, traffic, and other data; if every book in a library is searchable; if every person around you has an updated location; and even the coffee cup on your table knows where it is and when it was last used—then not only do we have the potential to build individual applications from each of these components, but we can start applying information processing techniques—techniques that were previously limited to onscreen ...

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