GoCar – The storytelling GPS-moped

Friday, 30 November 2007

GoCar
(Picture: GoCar Franchise Services, Inc.)

The press kit says: “GoCAR is the world’s first computer guided storytelling car. The clever talking car navigates for you, but that’s not all. As you drive, it points out the sights and tells you the stories that bring San Francisco to life.”

(Video: GoCar Franchise Services, Inc., via Youtube.com)

A three-wheeler moped with navigation system and GPS-triggered audio guidance. The “storytelling car” seems to be fun. Started 2004 GoCars are meanwhile available at San Francisco, San Diego and Miami, franchisers for further cities are searched for. At a first glance unexpected, but at the second it is reasonable – GoCar is offering location-based advertisement:

“The GoCar becomes a trusted companion in an unfamiliar place; telling stories, pointing out landmarks, assisting our customers explore and enjoy a city adventure. Which is why we call the GoCar the Local on wheels. The GoCar can vocalize your business right as the GoCar drives by your premises delivering its unqiue personality. Not only do the pasengers get notified of your unique business proposition, but also bystanders who are naturally looking at the car as it talks about your premises.”

http://www.gocartours.com/pages/advertise.html

More videos from the GoCarEntrepreneurs:

(Videos: GoCar Franchise Services, Inc., via YouTube.com)

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Video presentation “Dash-PND”

Thursday, 29 November 2007

A video clip from the presentation on the personal navigation system from Dash at the Web 2.0 summit in October 2007 at San Francisco – via Glenn Letham’s AnyGeo Blog:

http://gisuser.blogspot.com/2007/11/coming-soon-dash-express.html


GyPSii phone community

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

GyPSii
Screenshot: Locative Media

A geo community for web and phone users, where everybody can upload geolocated photos, audios, videos, points of interest. About GyPSii:

“GyPSii is the consumer application for mobile, web & Internet connected devices.GyPSii allows users to share their real life experiences in the virtual world using mobile devices and the web. It is a social networking, search & location based suite of integrated mobile and web applications – for users to share, view & upload pictures, video, text and POI (points of interest) with a Geo-location – place and track each other in their select communities. Find people and places, points of interest, map and navigate to them all.

A record of a Life History of Events in Full Context (Video & audio clips, location(s), photos, text, shared experiences & people, etc.)

A seamless mobile & web experience built on the convergence of locations based services, social networking, mobile & web 2.0 technologies, agnostic access across devices and networks.”

http://www.gypsii.com/reader.cgi?id=about

The phone client is available for Windows Mobile – for Symbian S60, Nokia only, it is soon to come.

Interesting is the “Market Overview and Introduction to GyPSii” (PDF).


User-generated POI from DisMoiOu/TellMeWhere

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Tellmewhere.com
Screenshot: Locative Media

GPS Business News published an interview with Interview with Pierre-Antoine Durgeat, co-founder, DisMoiOu (TellMeWhere) a French LBS community web site. The web site is free, the business model is to generate revenues from advertisement. GBN asked the following question on the product concept of the “user generated point of interest community”:
What is the driver behind DisMoiOu.fr/TellMeWhere.com?

“Durgeat: Users are in demand of qualified and up to date local information. Internet allows for a great wealth of information to be searched and looked at. Unfortunately this information is now very close to paper information. It is static and lacks interactivity. Web 2.0 applications linked to LBS solutions allow for such information to be up to date and shared at a minimal cost. For example, databases are up to date on hotels and parking lots, not on Roman churches or skate board parks. We have therefore created the technology for points of interest to be known and promoted to end users in need of such vertical information. We expect to allow for example a handicapped person to know where handicapped parking spaces are available in Paris. The community caters for the good of each user. The founders’ vision is ultimately to create an exhaustive up to date, user generated points of interest database.”

http://www.gpsbusinessnews.com/index.php?action=article&numero=509

–> Same concept as the one of Pointoo (Holtzbrinck) at Germany.


Charming ranger for GPS tours

Monday, 26 November 2007

GPS Ranger
Screenshot: Locative Media

Here comes “a location based self-guided touring system” from BarZ Adventures. It is an offline GPS multimedia guide system for zoos, parks and historic sites. It shows visitors their position on a map and automatically plays videos, audios, stills or texts at the right place of a specific site. The GPS Ranger is comparable with the cruso and the nodeexplorer – although the latter is a connected device and offers a content management system.

The product sheet of the handsome “GPS Ranger”:

Special Software Features

  • Easy to use touch screen
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Supports closed captioning
  • Supports daily updates and content changes
  • Visitor way finder using on screen MapTracker
  • “Bread crumbing” information tracks visitor stops
  • Easy to update and to change content as often as daily
  • Provides accounting reports
  • Reports how often the units are rented and which were returned

Ranger Hardware

  • 4” sunlight readable screen
  • Storage for up to 4 GB of content
  • Up to four hours of life on rechargeable battery
  • Lightweight, measuring 6 ½” x 3 ½“ x 1”
  • Rugged and durable
  • Amplified audio system
  • No invasive signage or file transmissions
  • Supports headphones and can be mounted in automobiles.
  • Water resistant and can withstand a 5 foot drop on to concrete.

http://hercules.barzadventures.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6


Dash: Yahooed, connected, mashup navigation system

Monday, 26 November 2007

Dash
Screenshot: Locative Media

 

Dash is “the first and only navigation system with built-in two-way connectivity. (…) With Dash Express you can:

  • Know the best routes around traffic using up to the minute information provided by the Dash Driver Network
  • Find virtually anything—nearby or near your destination—using Yahoo! Local search
  • Send an address from any computer right to your car with Send to Car”

http://www.dash.net/product.php

Ed Moltzen attracted my attention on ChannelWeb, hinting at the current Dash activities. Ed also pointed at the two sources quoted below:

“The device is noteworthy because, once deployed, it’s said to do a bunch of things all at once. It’s a GPS navigation device that also integrates WiFi, services from Yahoo, continually updated traffic information and two-way communication.”

http://www.crn.com/networking/204202898

Ozzie Diaz as a beta tester in his HP blog:

“I’ve been on the beta program for Dash Networks who is nearing commercialization of a GPS nav device with a built-in GPRS radio as well as WiFi that enables updated traffic information and Yahoo! Local content while on the go. The Yahoo! Local is pretty good and provides the all-important personalized content related to my location, such as where is the nearest Starbucks or pizza joint. Apart from the obvious interest in the combo of tailored Internet content and location, the as-yet unrealized potential is with the WiFi interface. Currently it’s doing firmware updates when parked in your garage at home or brought in the house. But if these devices or a common protocol for peering among such devices (Standards Bodies, how ‘bout it?) grow in numbers on the streets and highways, whether they be mobile in-vehicle or fixed roadside can be the REAL killer apps for these networks of devices!”

http://h20325.www2.hp.com/blogs/ozzie/archive/2007/11/21/5153.html

Erick Schonfeld on the mashup concept in TechCrunch:

Owners will be able to manage which mashups they receive through Dash’s Website. There, they will be able to drag feeds from sites like Platial, where they can create a Google Map of dog runs in San Francisco or yoga schools in LA. Link it to Zillow, and you will be able to get data on houses as you are driving around the neighborhood. Create a feed at Upcoming.org about all the rock concerts in your city or one of open houses from Craigslist, and you will be able to get the info in your car, along with how far away each place is. You will also be able to do a Yahoo Local search on the device for restaurants and it will return nearby results with ratings.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/19/dash-wants-to-bring-web-mashups-to-your-car/

Remark of the editor: It’s a “dashup concept” 😉


Fotoland.us – Flickr-Google-Mashup

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Another mashup by Taher Baderkhan. Fotoland.us is a community concept that “brings you pictures from all over the world by combining technologies from Flickr and Google Maps using the power of tags. It is the best and fastest way to explore pictures of other cities, locations and cultures. Fotoland is a user collaborative effort that grows with your participation.” It is the same approach as loc.alize.us

Fotoland.com

Screenshot: Locative Media