Context-Aware Computing | The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed.

A tablet computer switching the orientation of the screen, maps orienting themselves with the user’s current orientation and adapting the zoom level to the current speed, and switching on the backlight of the phone when used in the dark are examples of computers that are aware of their environment and their context of use. Less than 10 years ago, such functions were not common and existed only on prototype devices in research labs working on context-aware computing.

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