The Reconstruction of Portable Computers: On the Flexibility of Mobile Computing in Mobile Activities

  • Gamel O. Wiredu
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 185)


The remote distribution of contemporary activities has direct implications for the mobility of humans and associated actions. Remote distribution inherently entails parameters such as the mobility of individuals, artifacts, tasks, and information: and potential conflicts between objective and personal motives of individuals. The interactions of these parameters bear directly on the range of mobile computing services derivable from the use of these artefacts. Based on an activity-theoretical perspective, this paper presents a discussion of the dynamics of mobile computing services through an analysis of the process of reconstruction of personal digital assistants (PDAs) in a mobility-saturated work-integrated learning project. Upon this analysis, the flexibility of mobile computing as a direct function of the reconstruction process is discussed and a conceptual framework for the analysis of flexible mobile computing in mobile activities proposed.


Reconstruction motives flexibility mobile computing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gamel O. Wiredu
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  1. 1.Interaction Design Centre Department of Computer Science and Information SystemsUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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