Suddenly, “ambient computing” is in the air. I blame Intel, which recently trotted out a concept prototype they call an “Ambient PC.” But like all other hyped examples of so-called “ambient computing,” Intel’s reference design is really just a laptop that does while closed what regular laptops do while open. And that capability doesn’t make the laptop an “ambient computing” device.
In other words, “ambient computing” is just a marketing buzzword for now.
Real “ambient computing” will probably show up in your life when you buy your next car.