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Let’s Head for the Future of

Interaction Technologies

This third and final part of this book, entitled “Supportive Technologies,” is

devoted to the future of interaction technologies. Here, research efforts made to

realize novel applications and gadgets designed to support interaction are presented,

as well as research that aims at identifying new requirements for interaction

technology design.

Overall, the following chapters have one thing in common, i.e., they all focuses on

interaction support in mobile settings. Clearly, and as stated in the introduction

to this book interaction and mobility are highly intertwined, and probably two

fundamental things about us as human beings, i.e., we are social beings that needs

to be able to communicate, and another part of our nature as human beings is that

we are mobile thus requiring mobile interaction support to always being able to

maintain our social networks, wherever we are.

This third section presents research efforts that, instead of taking on an empirical

or theoretical view, strive towards being design-oriented in their approach to the

Interaction Society. The basic idea behind conducting design-oriented research

lies in the very concept of design. The concept of design is about changing existing

situations into preferred ones, to believe in progress, and to have faith in a future

ideal world. As such, the design-oriented approach is a constructive approach

aimed not only at understanding the present, but to develop the future and

understand what new technology might be able to do for us, and how it might affect

us as human beings. Thus, these researchers are themselves an active part in the

formation of how we will interact and communicate in the near future. In this section

we are thus provided with a short glance around the corner that shows us what

kind of IT-support we can expect in the next few years from now. So, let’s head for

the future of interaction technologies!