Alicia S. The Wild Beast

While local and national news is still in demand content producers and programs are looking towards the evolution of how news is delivered. The overall goal is to make news affordable and convenient. Newspapers are starting to become more obsolete, but serves as a great enforcer for digital news and content overall.  Media is a leading publisher of news, sport, lifestyle and search content.

In an online article American business magnate Warren Buffet suggested, “The industry has evolved–but the product still has value”. While there might be some truth to this statement, the ideologies of news and content has remained the same but newspaper producers are literally lighting themselves on fire. Most newspapers should consider shifting their budget toward digital.

It has been proposed that Semantic Web technologies or Smart spaces would be key enablers in achieving context-aware computing in our everyday environments.

The environments we live in (homes, cars, work places, etc.) are inhabited by a large and a constantly increasing number of electronic devices with huge amounts of information embedded into them.

The ideas of smart spaces have been the buzzwords these days. Although digital signage are becoming more popular, producers have maximized these spaces, and  soon will the newspaper industry. Smart spaces refer to built environments such as apartments, offices, museums, hospitals, schools, malls, university campuses, and outdoor areas that are enabled for co-operation of smart objects and systems, and for ubiquitous interaction with frequent and sporadic visitors.

The smart space vision can be traced back to the beginning of the 1990s, when Mark Weiser presented his ideas of ubiquitous computing.

Digital spaces seem to be a bit like virtual silly putty. You can mold and shape them in almost any way you want, you can copy and recreate them in the same way we used to imprint newspaper clips on the putty, and you can take the same space and use it over and over in different ways. All of this flexibility makes digital spaces exciting, fluid, and responsive. It can also make it challenging to decide which digital space is the right one for a particular environment.

It seems only fitting that newspaper utilize smart spaces to make news readily available for a specific community or even demographic.

While I do agree with Buffet’s statement; “Wherever there is a pervasive sense of community, a paper that serves the special informational needs of that community will remain indispensable to a significant portion of its residents”. I also believe the ideas of the paper format has to evolve into smart spaces.

The necessary components for smart spaces will become increasingly widespread as intelligent self-regulating devices are becoming readily available. Information on breaking news and weather are all content should adapt likewise. With the use of smart spaces and large digital spaces news can become a communal platform.  While news will still be available on personal devices the use or smart space and large display will redefine how news is read, accepted and discussed. The application used in these spaces to deliver news will typically include multifaceted options.

An example of  a smart space device  for news and content display is Screenfinity. This very large are being implemented more often and this could enable passers-by to read considerable amounts of content while walking. Screenfinity is a technique to rotate, translate, and zoom content in order to enable reading while passing by a very large displays.

With the proliferation of smart devices, its just a matter of time for the creation of smart spaces in public areas to appear with the promise of boosted efficiency in areas like personal way-finding and improved information.


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