"Mark Weiser in 1988 articulated the idea of ubiquitous computing for the first time at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He coined the phrase "ubiquitous computing" and wrote several papers on it. The initial forms of ubiquitous computing include tabs, pads, and boards.
Mark Weiser suggested the idea of enormous number of ubiquitous computers embedding into everything in our everyday life so that we use them anytime, anywhere without the knowledge of them. Today, ubiquitous computing is still at an early phase as it requires revolutionary software and hardware technologies."
In 1995 Sheldon Renan asked Weiser what he thought printing would be like in the world of ubquitious computing, to which Weiser responded, "In ubiquitous computing you print into somebody's pocket". He then showed Renan a pad (size of an iPhone) and they developed a method of communicating with one hand. It was called tabs, pads, and boards - that was the strategy that led to ubiquitous surfaces.
- Tech, Lakshmi. Ubiquitous Computing. IPV6.com. 2008. Accessed 18, Mar 2012. http://ipv6.com/articles/sensors/Ubiquitous-Computing.htm