Vapourware and the agency of ideas

ATKINSON, Paul (2012). Vapourware and the agency of ideas. In: FARIAS, Priscila Lena, BRAGA, Marcos, CALVERA, Anna and SCHINCARIOL, Zuleica, (eds.) Design frontiers : territories, concepts, technologies. Sao Paulo, Brazil, Blucher, 576-579.

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‘Vapourware’—computer hardware which is promoted as forthcoming but which is never manufactured—has received little attention in Design History, although it is important. Vapourware often has a direct influence on the future development of computing technology—causing competitors to reconsider, alter or even stop their planned activities. This paper shows that often, product concepts themselves influence market expectations or desires for future technological developments. Proof, in fact, of the agency of ideas. Keywords: Vapourware / Computer history / Product Design / Product concepts

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Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Paul Atkinson
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 09:15
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 09:15

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