The changing face of human-computer interaction in the age of ubiquitous computing

Rogers, Yvonne (2009). The changing face of human-computer interaction in the age of ubiquitous computing. In: Holzinger, Andreas and Miesenberger, Klaus eds. HCI and Usability for e-Inclusion. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5889. Berlin: Springer, pp. 1–19.



HCI is reinventing itself. No longer only about being user centered, it has set its sights on pastures new, embracing a much broader and far-reaching set of interests. From emotional, eco-friendly, embodied experiences to context, constructivism and culture, HCI research is changing apace: from what it looks at, the lenses it uses and what it has to offer. Part of this is as a reaction to what is happening in the world; ubiquitous technologies are proliferating and transforming how we live our lives. We are becoming more connected and more dependent on technology. The home, the crèche, outdoors, public places and even the human body are now being experimented with as potential places to embed computational devices, even to the extent of invading previously private and taboo aspects of our lives. In this paper, I examine the diversity of lifestyle and technological transformations in our midst and outline some 'difficult' questions these raise together with alternative directions for HCI research and practice.

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