On Hold

Sunday, 12 April 2009

For the colleagues, friends and marketing guys out there who didn’t notice it. Sorry, I am busy at the moment. No editing or publishing until further notice…


GoCars go Europe

Monday, 21 July 2008

GoCarsTours went to Barcelona, Spain, and Lisboa, Portugal.

“San Francisco (ots/PRNewswire) – GoCar, der im April 2004 in San Francisco gegründete Anbieter origineller, GPS-geführter Stadtrundfahrten, hat den grossen Sprung vom US-amerikanischen Markt nach Europa geschafft und Niederlassungen in Barcelona und Lissabon eröffnet. Mit den neuen Niederlassungen in der EU verfügt GoCar neben San Francisco, San Diego und Miami nun über insgesamt 5 Standorte weltweit.”

http://www.presseportal.de/pm/72016/1227152/gocar_tours (2008-07-11)


Video: http://youtube.com/user/Localiatvcatalunya


Evaluating Player Experiences in Location-Aware Games

Monday, 21 July 2008

Workshop “Evaluation Player Experiences in Location Aware Games”
Where? HCI 2008: Culture, Creativity, Interaction
When? 1-5 Sept. 2008, Liverpool, John Moores University, UK
http://www.hci2008.org

“Location aware technologies such as widespread mobile computers and varying location sensors open up a massive range of possibilities for extending game playing into streets, buildings and even the rural landscape. New and extended forms of location-aware games including mobile or pervasive phone games, smart toys, role-playing games as well as Mixed Reality (MR) games all demonstrate promising new forms of game play. Substantial work has also gone into new game concepts, sophisticated technology and viable business models. However, research on the methodological issues of studying mobile player experiences, pervasive game activity and ubiquitous interaction has become necessary.

Furthermore, there is also a need to explore the methodological issues in the evaluation of the intertwined, mutually dependent dimensions related to the usability and playability of location-based games.

This workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners, and students with the objective of sharing knowledge, experience and ideas so that the many user experience issues of location aware games can be more thoroughly addressed.”

Source: Locative Digest, Vol 24, Issue 2 http://locative.x-i.net


“Landvermesser.tv” is Map-based Storytelling

Monday, 21 July 2008

n-tv berichtet über eine Kulturprojekt, das im Juli 2008 in Berlin startet:

„Wir haben uns alle mit Literatur, Websites und Geotags beschäftigt und wollten das verschmelzen“, erklärt Tatjana Brode, die neben Jens Krisinger und Mathias Ott zu den Initiatoren des Projektes gehört. Kartenbasiertes Erzählen bedeute bislang meist, zweckorientierte oder historische Informationen zu verorten, so Brode weiter. „Uns war es wichtig, die Eindrücke der Stadt um eine fiktionale Komponente zu erweitern und ihnen eine literarische Bedeutung zu geben. Deshalb haben wir auf den Spaziergängen versucht, den Autoren ihre Geschichten zu entlocken und die Stadt als Buch zu öffnen.“

Quelle: http://www.n-tv.de/995043.html


iPhone 3G with GPS

Monday, 21 July 2008

“SAN FRANCISCO—June 9, 2008—Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services…” [launched July 11, 2008]

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/06/09iphone.html

Pictures: Apple


Ushahidi maps violence in Kenya

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Ushahidi

About

Ushahidi.com is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others to see. We are working with local Kenyan NGO’s to get information and to verify each incident.

What you can do is get the word out about Ushahidi so that it’s utilized to it’s full potential. This especially extends to talking to the people that you know who have seen things in Kenya and getting them to the site as well. You can also help by using the contact form to volunteer to help with the tracking and verifying of each incident.”

http://www.ushahidi.com/about.asp

Erik Hersman presented the project at Where 2.0


VC for Geoweb available

Thursday, 15 May 2008

“Location-based services and the geoweb, in confluence with social media, are hot areas of interest for venture investors.” Dev Khare, Venlock, was looking for projects at Where 2.0

http://www.slideshare.net/dkman/emerging-opportunities-on-the-geoweb/


Loopt is a Social Compass

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

loopt

About us

“Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby so that you never miss an opportunity to meet. Loopt also lets you journal your life so that your friends can see what you’re up to. With Loopt, mobile subscribers put themselves on the map.”

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Geographic News Filter “EveryBlock”

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

EveryBlock

“‘What’s happening in my neighborhood?’

For a long time, that’s been a tough question to answer. In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering. Every day, a wealth of local information is created — officials inspect restaurants, journalists cover fires and Web users post photographs — but who has time to sort through all of that?

Our mission at EveryBlock is to solve that problem. We aim to collect all of the news and civic goings-on that have happened recently in your city, and make it simple for you to keep track of news in particular areas. We’re a geographic filter — a “news feed” for your neighborhood, or, yes, even your block.

At this time, we cover three American cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco. On each site, you can type in any address to read local news and public information near you. You’ll find three main types of news:

  • Civic information — building permits, crimes, restaurant inspections and more. In many cases, this information is already on the Web but is buried in hard-to-find government databases. In other cases, this information has never been posted online, and we’ve forged relationships with governments to make it available.
  • News articles and blog entries — major newspapers, community weeklies, TV and radio news stations, local specialty publications and local blogs. We do the work of classifying articles by geography, so you can easily find the mainstream media coverage near particular locations.
  • Fun from across the Web — local photos posted to the Flickr photo-sharing site, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost and found postings from Craigslist and more. We figure out the relevant places and point you to location-specific items you might not have known about.

We like to toss around the word “news” to describe all of this, and that might surprise you at first. Isn’t news what appears on the front page of the New York Times? Isn’t news something produced by professional journalists?

Well, it can be — and we include as much of that on EveryBlock as possible. But, in our minds, “news” at the neighborhood or block level means a lot more. On EveryBlock, “Somebody reviewed the new Italian restaurant down the street on Yelp” is news. “Somebody took a photo of that cool house on your block and posted it to Flickr” is news. “The NYPD posted its weekly crime report for your neighborhood” is news. If it’s in your neighborhood and it happened recently, it’s news on EveryBlock.”

http://www.everyblock.com/about/

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Seero Puts Videos on the Map

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Seero

About Seero

“Seero.com is a geo-broadcasting platform for users to broadcast and experience destinations around the world. Seero fuses live and on-demand video with GPS mapping to create a rich and unique user experience. Our goal is to shake the foundations of how you see video with a platform that promotes exploration and geographical awareness.

If you are looking for another typical video site, or ‘Television Online’, this probably isn’t the place for you. If you want to experience a new way to see the world, welcome. Seero utilizes the vast potential of the internet to create an original brand of content. If you are a citizen journalist, local tour guide, back road explorer, talented performer, or simply have a great destination to unveil, Seero is your platform to broadcast your world.”

See also

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Eye-Fi Explore – Geotagging and Hotspot Connectivity

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Eye-Fi

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 12, 2008 — Today Eye-Fi, Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced the Eye-Fi Explore, a new card designed to make photo sharing richer, easier and more convenient. Unveiled at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, the Eye-Fi Explore allows users to automatically upload photos from more than 10,000 hotspots while away from home or from their home wireless network. It also automatically tags users’ photos with information about where the image was captured.

“The Eye-Fi Explore delivers the two enhancements most requested by our users,” said Jef Holove, CEO for Eye-Fi. “Our geotagging service automates what is today a compelling, though time-consuming and manual, experience. And, our hotspot access will allow travelers, bloggers, and anyone on the go to upload, share and save their pictures before they even get home.”

Like all Eye-Fi cards (see today’s release: Eye-Fi Unveils Family of Products), Eye-Fi Explore allows users to automatically send photos directly from their camera to their PC or Mac, and to one of 25 online photo sharing, printing, social networking, or blogging sites using their home wireless network. Eye-Fi partnered with Skyhook Wireless to provide geotagging capabilities and Wayport to enable hotspot connectivity for the Eye-Fi Explore.

Press Release continued…

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


BlackBerry Bold FKA 9000

Monday, 12 May 2008

BlackBerry Bold

“It is the first BlackBerry smartphone to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi®, as well as a rich set of multimedia capabilities. From its lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leather-like backplate, to its stunning display, sophisticated user interface and newly designed full-QWERTY* keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a symbol of accomplishment and aspiration.” (Press Release #1)

“Research In Motion (RIM), RBC and Thomson Reuters, today announced plans to launch the BlackBerry Partners Fund, a US$150 million venture capital fund, to invest in mobile applications and services for the BlackBerry platform and other mobile platforms.” (Press Release #2)

(Photo: RIM)


Locative Journalism

Sunday, 11 May 2008

LoJo

What is LoJo?
Shorthand for locative journalism, LoJo is the name of a project launched by a team of Northwestern University graduate students to study the intersection of journalism and emerging location-based technologies. Through this project, we hope to create interactive and informative mobile experiences that push innovation in journalism.


What is locative storytelling?

Using the bouquet of emerging mobile and location-based technologies (from GPS-enabled mobile phones to interactive online maps), locative storytelling provides multi-media content that enhances a user’s connection to a given place. At its best, this kind of interactive media gives users increased entry points, and more control over, any given story, thereby enabling deeper and more vibrant experiences.


What are some examples?

If you’ve ever been on an audio tour of a museum or a city neighborhood, you’ve experienced locative storytelling. Other examples include Google mash-ups (user-enhanced Google maps that layer location-specific information over area maps) and GPS-based mobile games.

http://lojoconnect.com/about-lojo/



HTC Touch Diamond

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

HTC Touch Diamond

A new flag ship is rolling:

  • Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
  • Weight: 110 g
  • Connectivity: WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
  • Camera: 3.2MP, with video calling
  • Internal memory: 4 GB Internal Storage, 256 MB flash, 192 MB RAM,
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 900 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 4 hours
  • Standby time: GSM: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM 7201ATM 528MHz

http://www.htc.com/WWW/press.aspx?id=46846〈=1033


JotYou is LBSMS

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

JotYou™ is location based messaging. Send a message to your friends so they get it when they arrive at school or the ballpark or the mall. Make up geo-games. Track a foot race or bicycle race. Stage a road rally with virtual checkpoints, and feed the directions as participants progress. Ever plan to pick up the milk on the way home from work, but drive right by the store and forget? Use JotYou™ to remind yourself as you pass by specified locations. The possibilities are endless.

How it works: You send a message to one person or many people, and specify a delivery time and location using the map on the computer, or an address from your mobile. When they arrive at the location you specify, JotYou™ alerts them by “buzzing” their cell phone, and delivering the message. It’s just that simple!

http://www.jotyou.com/JotYou/how-it-works.php

http://www.jotyou.com/JotYou/presentation.php

Via Heise.


GoGPS at “Key West”

Friday, 4 April 2008

2008-03-29_gogpstours_small.jpg

A nice video introduction to a GPS tour as well to the GPS Ranger by Bar Z Adventures comes here – presented by goGPStours.