X-Message-Number: 21016
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 12:41:03 -0800
From: James Swayze <>
Subject: Pervasive computing is here


IBM: Pervasive but private

By James Pearce ZDNet Australia January 30, 2003, 8:17 AM PT

Pervasive computing is here and it s going to enter most aspects of your
life, according to IBM.

There were 325 million pervasive computing devices in 2002, and this
will increase to one billion by 2005, claims the software giant. IBM
defines pervasive computing as any computing device that is not a
personal computer, stretching from Internet fridges to mobile

Michael Karasick, the director of embedded development for the IBM
pervasive computing division, denies the credibility of the area has
been hampered by the relatively slow take-up of innovations such as
"smart houses" and "Internet fridges. "In certain areas it has taken
off," he told ZDNet Australia, citing smart cards, mobile phones and
cameras as some examples of non-traditional computing devices. "I judge
how successful [pervasive computing] is by how busy I am," added
Karasick. "We have been, as an organization, growing in this area and
have had more opportunity than we can deal with over the past

Let's hope this trend continues unabated.

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