In the near future our homes will have a distributed network of intelligent devices that provides us with information, communication, and entertainment. Furthermore, these systems will adapt themselves to the user and even anticipate on user needs. These consumer systems will differ substantially from contemporary equipment through their appearance in peoples' environments, and through the way users interact with them. Ambient Intelligence is the term that is used to denote this new paradigm for in-home computing and entertainment. Salient features of this new concept are ubiquitous computing, and natural interaction. Recent developments in technology, the Internet, the consumer electronics market, and social developments indicate that this dream might become reality soon. First prototypes of ambient intelligent home systems have been developed, but the realization of true ambient intelligence calls for much additional research of multidisciplinary teams consisting of technologists, designers, and human behavior scientists.
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