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Prototypes in pervasive computing

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4 Author(s)
Bohlen, Marc ; MediaRobotics Lab., Buffalo Univ., NY, USA ; Fabian, J. ; Pfeifer, D. ; Rinker, J.T.

In product design, prototypes - approximations of a product along some dimensions - are the essential medium for information, interaction, integration, and collaboration. Information appliances such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and music players are a growing area of ubiquitous computing. Designers currently create two separate sets of prototypes: "looks-like" prototypes that show only the device's form (the atoms) and "works-like" prototypes that use a computer display to demonstrate the interaction (the bits). Because of the required skill and time investment, designers don't build comprehensive prototypes that join form and function until late in development.

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Pervasive Computing, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )