While global publishing company DNP had a long history of delivering information on paper and other materials, it wanted to capitalize on the emerging trend of delivering information in digital formats.
As mobile and embedded computing systems increasingly pervade environments, more and more information and content is available throughout our daily surroundings. Pervasive appliances and applications offer new sets of technical and business challenges – especially in the areas of managing information overload, making computing environments transparent to users, and enabling mobile and ambient devices to serve as intelligent interfaces to our physical surroundings.
Recent trends in data center technology have created unprecedented new flexibility in data center configuration and operation, and yet there is still a substantial amount of wasted capacity and wasted energy in current data centers.
Based on observations of how Filoli visitors naturally engaged with audio guidebooks, PARC ethnographers realized that visitors wanted to listen to descriptive information together and share “listening spaces” with each other.