smartifact

smartifact

A popular term for a device which is sufficiently sophisticated that it can be considered "intelligent" and "aware" of its surroundings.
 
Examples
Smart materials that change shape or physical characteristics depending on the situation.
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The study of children's smartifact usage and parental awareness of its usage in a smart environment (Master's thesis, Pai Chai University, Daejeon, Korea).
6 "Smartifact" is a term first coined by researcher Harry Verrelney at Apple Computer in the 1980s to refer to new forms of software-based agents.
As effecting becomes richer, look for sensor/effector arrays to mature into simple classes of smart stuff that is smart materials and intelligent artifacts (smartifacts).(6) In addition, cheap sensors will contribute greatly to making old notions of hyper-automated manufacturing - cybermanufacturing - a practical reality.
The CEO says Novell aims to link up the vast number of intelligent devices embedded in various domestic and commercial products into a "smart global network." Paul Saffo, president of the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, CA, predicts that most artifacts soon will have some form of "intelligence." These "smartifacts," as he calls them, are everywhere.