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What's the difference between ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, and sentient computing? It appears that they are all the same thing to me. I think they should be merged. GJL

They mean different things. Read the ubicomp and sentient comp pages. Pervasive computing is also (if I remember right) an IBM term that means something else slightly different as well - anil

I've always read that pervasive an ubiquitous were synonyms. Ubiquitous is the more popular term. 05:32, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

The following reference suggests that the emerging era of the invisible but pervasive computer is also known as ubiquitous computing:
  • J. Burkhardt (Ed.), H. Henn, S. Hepper, K. Rindtorff, and T. Schaeck, “Pervasive Computing: Technology and Architecture of Mobile Internet Applications”, Addison-Wesley, November 2001.
--Elias 10:36, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Pervasive computing does not mean the same thing as ubiquitous computing - reference Preece, Sharp, Rogers, "Interaction design, beyond human-computer interaction". Pervasive computing is a direct follow on from the ideas arising from ubiquitous computing, but is certainly different. You'd hardly classify a mobile phone as ubiquitous computing, but a mobile phone is pervasive computing. Similarly, usability is a follow-on from human-computer interaction, but those terms certainly aren't interchangeable. (talk) 14:40, 28 May 2009 (UTC)Lauren 28/05/2009


I believe that it is time to emphasis the difference between the two terms ubiquitous computing and pervasive computing. These words are often confused. Since Mark weiser coined the term ubiquitous computing, a lot of other terms have been proposed to say the same thing which it is tricky and make it difficult to focus on applications and usages. I think that the proposed classification based on interaction paradigms make it more comprehensible. Indeed, one should think differently to develop new applications that are really ubiquitous or parvasive. the idea is to focus on usages and iteractions rather than access issues only !. I agree with suggestion that Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing page be merged into ubiquitous computing page .comment added by (talk) 12:52, 13 March 2008 (UTC) (talk) 13:32, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


I believe that the most widely used abbreviation for ubiquitous computing is "ubicomp", not "ubiqcomp". I was able to find a few references to "ubiqcomp", though, so I left it in. Glogger, can you supply more references to the use of "ubiqcomp" as an abbreviation for ubiquitous computing?

GJL 09:17, Oct 25, 2004 (UTC)

Bill Griswold coining "ubiquitous computing"[edit]

I've never even heard of Bill Griswold - where is the evidence that he coined "ubiquitous computing"? I was under the impression that Weiser coined it in 1988 internally at PARC and then popularised it in 1991 in SciAm. I can't even find significant ubiquitous computing papers listed with him as a first author (a search for my name turns up more). Unless there's a cite I'm removing this information... Louie is king!

Mark Weiser coined the term ubiquitous computing [1]--Elias 10:06, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Removal of Long List of Research Institutions[edit]

I would like to remove most of the long list of research institutions. I think that a good "External Links" section with pointers to actual pages about UbiComp would be useful, and I won't make the edit until: a) I have such a list as a substitute, and b) some time passes here for people to suggest I'm full of it. But the long list of pointers to generic lab pages doesn't (IMHO) add to the quality of the page. -- Gnetwerker 07:25, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Wouldn't the list of pointers to relevant research groups be useful for someone looking for some ubiquitous computing resources (eg application scenarios, publications, etc...)? If removing the list would help improve the quality of this article, what about having another list of page with an internal link to it?--Elias 09:57, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, having a List page is probably the right answer. -- Gnetwerker 16:34, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Ubiquitous Computing News[edit]

Ubiquitous Computing News link appears to be dead?

peripherally noticeable[edit]

�The term "peripherally noticeable" is annoying. Its either noticeable or its not noticeable. Anthony717 23:02, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

It means "noticeable in one's peripheral vision". Perhaps it should be re-phrased. Semifreddo (talk) 18:26, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Nomadic computing[edit]

After a deletion discussion, an article titled Nomadic computing has been turned into a redirect that leads here, but no mention of the term is found here. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 18:23, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Redirect needed for phrase "ubiquitous computer"[edit]

A redirect needed for phrase "ubiquitous computer" as there are now items like Google Glass that seek to become the same. (talk) 14:37, 18 March 2013 (UTC)


It seems to me that there is too much overlap between personal computers and what is being called ubiquitous computing. Even the laptop computer is beyond the desktop computer. Oicumayberight (talk) 06:49, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Issues has issues[edit]

Tone in the "Issues" section is unsuitable for a wiki environment; clearly a quote from another source, should be cleaned to assume a neutral (non-first person) tone. (talk) 01:04, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

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Core concepts section contains close paraphrasing of a non-free copyrighted source[edit]

I'm going to start rewriting the Core concepts section because it's a blatant near copy / paste of this publication. Feel free to help me so the alert can go away. Kc7txm (talk) 07:49, 27 May 2019 (UTC)