Wireless grids: Assessing a new technology from a user perspective

Lee W. McKnight, Raed M. Sharif, Lidwien van de Wijngaert

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to assess the value of wireless grids from the perspective of users. In a ubiquitous information environment, wireless grids allow the ad hoc sharing of resources (e.g., microphones, screens, processing power) of edge devices (e.g., mobile phone, laptop, PDA). Wireless grids are one of the emerging wireless communication concepts that have been developed in university and industry research laboratories. So far, literature about wireless grids has tackled some of the technical and policy issues about the technology. This paper provides the first empirical study about wireless grid technology from the user perspective. Using Rogers' diffusion of innovations model, this paper focuses on the future diffusion of this technology. Using the results of two focus group meetings, we suggest that the introduction of the technology and its future diffusion will be a complex process. The future acceptance and use of this technology requires not only social and mental changes to move from one stage to another in the diffusion process, but also changes in the coordination and pricing mechanisms, and even changes in the technology itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesigning Ubiquitous Information Environments
Subtitle of host publicationSocio-Technical Issues and Challenges - IFIP TC8 WG 8.2 International Working Conference
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages169-181
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780387275604
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
EventIFIP TC8 WG 8.2 International Working Conference on Designing Ubiquitous Information Environments: Socio-Technical Issues and Challenges - Cleveland, OH, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2005Aug 3 2005

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume185
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

OtherIFIP TC8 WG 8.2 International Working Conference on Designing Ubiquitous Information Environments: Socio-Technical Issues and Challenges
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland, OH
Period8/1/058/3/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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    McKnight, L. W., Sharif, R. M., & van de Wijngaert, L. (2005). Wireless grids: Assessing a new technology from a user perspective. In Designing Ubiquitous Information Environments: Socio-Technical Issues and Challenges - IFIP TC8 WG 8.2 International Working Conference (pp. 169-181). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 185). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-28918-6_14