Today at the whiteboard I am thinking about drywall. You know, the common building material used for interior walls. To be honest I am actually focused on the empty space behind the drywall that is completely void of use.

 

"When I talk to friends in the ubiquitous computing research arena I usually hear the same expectations: When we see breakthroughs in power efficiency, computation efficiency,  & micrometer circuit size reduction we will be able to make our ubiquitous computing goals a reality."

 

I agree that we are in the Zack Morris cell phone era of electronics in regards to power, computation efficiency, & size. However, I get the nagging feeling that we are not using the current state-of-the-art effectively. I do not believe we need dust size circuits with indefinite parasitic power designs to take some interesting steps forward.

 

So today I am inventing Imperceptible Computing. The intent is simple: Develop technologies that are constrained by imperceptible computing and interfaces. Imperceptible Computing technologies will perform functions while hiding the circuits and interfaces necessary to generate the result.

 

Today users have learned dozens of interfaces as engineers/designers depend on the user to understand the technology. In my view, in regards to interfaces, it is time for the technology to understand the user. Interaction will be limited by the circuit's ability to sense the user's normal behavior. Special focus is needed to make more effective use of the spaces suitable for technology and how users interact with the space instead of the technology.

 

I often joke that the most expensive unintelligent possession I have purchased is my house. My house is unaware of itself, its occupants, nor its environment. Not only does my house have few sensing capabilities, it is also unable to take any decisive action. The house is the perfect test environment for Imperceptible Computing. Users interact with the house in predictable ways (re: walk in the front door) and there are large amounts of unused space just waiting to hide our circuits.

 

Today at the whiteboard I am thinking about drywall. To be honest I am actually focused on the empty space behind the drywall that is completely void of use.