Ambient Devices, Inc. is a privately held company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA that designs and markets various ambient devices for display of information ranging from weather to traffic reports to stock quotes. The company was founded by David L. Rose, Ben Resner, and Pritesh Gandhi, and is a spin-off from the MIT Media Lab. The company also maintains the Ambient Information Network, a datacasting network presently hosted by U.S.A. Mobility, a U.S. paging service. The service is similar to Microsoft's SPOT service.
Ambient's devices focus on information of interest to the local (or larger) area, such as weather and stock indices, sports scores and standings, pollen count, etc. With a subscription Ambient will provide a particular device with a personalized data feed: an individual stock or portfolio, windspeed near your boat, the weekend weather forecast at your lake house, your book's position on Amazon, firewall status, wait-times at your hospital, customer satisfaction for your bank, etc.
... Ambient devices are a new genre of consumer electronics characterized by their ability to be perceived at-a-glance (also called "glanceable") ... Ambient devices utilize pre-attentive processing to display information the ability for the brain to perceive information without any apparent cognitive ... The New York Times Magazine announced ambient devices as one of the Ideas of the Year in 2002 on the heels of a start-up company, Ambient Devices, releasing their first product ...
... Ambient Orb – Mar, 2002 Ambient Weather Beacon – 2003 Ambient Weather Forecaster – 2004 Ambient Dashboard – 2004 Ambient Wireless Datacasting Kit – Mar, 2005 ...
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