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Published: Jul 30, 2011
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2012
Ubiquitous computing is tricky term as it covers many different ideas. What we find interesting and exciting at the moment is that both consumer and specialist mobile devices are increasingly based on commodity operating systems such as Android or iOS. This means that in many cases, software can be developed by organizations themselves, opening the door to innovative new applications without requiring expensive niche skills. Lower price points for the hardware also make this area more accessible, especially with peripherals like payment card readers, PIN key pads and high quality bar code scanners becoming available for both Android and iOS devices. When combined with features already available on these consumer devices, whole new ways of working open up.