Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp 7–37

Ambient media today and tomorrow

What have ambient media in common? What are ambient media today? Where will ambient media be in 2020?

DOI: 10.1007/s11042-012-1346-z

Cite this article as:
Lugmayr, A., Serral, E., Scherp, A. et al. Multimed Tools Appl (2014) 71: 7. doi:10.1007/s11042-012-1346-z


Ambient media are novel, and this new media form alters our daily-living experience in many ways. Ambient media refer to media environments that are embedded throughout the natural space where people are following their daily activities. These digital media environments become part of the living space and altering our daily-living experience in many ways. The goal of this article is to elaborate the status of ambient media today and to forecast how ambient media will develop in the next decade. It clearly identifies megatrends and develops scenarios (e. g., ambient-assisted living) for the future. These scenarios shall shed light on the potentials and give a glimpse on the potential future development of embedding digital objects into the daily living space. This paper is based on a future wheel approach and on an analysis of the results of an expert workshop. The article concludes with a discussion of the results and an evaluation of the impact of each scenario.


Ambient media Ubiquitous computation Pervasive computation Human-computer-interaction Ambient assisted living IPTV Shape shifting media User experience Smart environments Smart cities Smart urban environments 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Christian Doppler Laboratory for Software Engineering Integration for Flexible Automation SystemsTechnical University of ViennaWienAustria
  2. 2.Department of Intelligent SystemsJožef Stefan InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Špica International d. o. oLjubljanaSlovenia
  4. 4.Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate SchoolLjubljanaSlovenia
  5. 5.EMMi LabTampere University of Technology (TUT)TampereFinland
  6. 6.University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  7. 7.Department of Informatics and MediaUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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