Several companies and research institutions have been developing a vision of the future known as pervasive—or ubiquitous—computing, in which computer processors and networks are embedded into everyday objects, allowing people and devices to interact seamlessly.

The fundamental concept has been around since the 1980s. But now, one company, a research and development division of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), is taking its specific manifestation of this vision—called HP Cooltown—to school.

HP Cooltown is based


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