Tele Atlas: Mobile GPS Applications in 2008

Friday, 23 November 2007

Over The Air – The InformationWeek’s Mobile Weblog presents an interview with Darren Koenig, Director of Wireless, Internet, and Telecom, Tele Atlas.

As “OTA” expects 2008 to become “the year of mobile location” one of the questions was What kinds of new, unique applications is GPS enabling on mobile devices that we didn’t see on the desktop?”

Darren’s answer:

“There are lots of other applications out there where knowing your location provides the context for new types of information. Three of the coolest new applications I can think of come from the finalists of the “maps in Apps” contest Tele Atlas held recently as part of its “LBS Innovators Series.” The first is Slifter, which allows shoppers to search local store inventory for products from their handsets. Users can search for more than 85 million products available from 30,000 retail locations, view product information, images and store locations and maps. They can also share their finds with friends or save them to a mobile shopping list.

Hollywood USA is a tour guide features movie locations across the country with added GPS deployment on the uLocate — WHERE platform. Each site includes location photo and address, scene and plot description, stars, director and DVD cover image.

KnowledgeWhere PhoneTag Elite incorporates location-based mapping and messaging technology to create a hi-tech game of hide and seek. Players can play with anyone across the United States by participating in existing games, creating private games with friends, or participating in cash tournaments. Objective of game play is to capture your target while evading capture.

At a conceptual level, we think the future of LBS is all about extending the definition of an “address” beyond a house or an apartment — “where I live” — to include any temporary physical location — “where I am right now.”

In addition to the applications I just described, others will capitalize on this by enabling the on-demand delivery of goods and services — a pizza to a couple sitting on a blanket in a park, or a replacement windshield to a car in a specific parking space in a giant mall parking lot, for example.”


kitzbuehel.com with geotargeting

Thursday, 22 November 2007

The tourism board Kitzbühel, Austria, has integrated a “geotargeting feature” into their website www.kitzbuehel.com, reports Tirol.com. The “geographical search engine” is using Google maps to enhance the search experience of users and to foster online bookings especially for smaller hotels, B&B with lower marketing budget.

The Service was provided by elements.at, Salzburg, Austria.

Kitzbuehel.com

Screenshot: Locative Media


Mashup “loc.alize.us”

Thursday, 22 November 2007

A “localizer”, a mashup by ubilabs using geotagged flickr-photos as a basis for presenting photos geographically and enabling a community. It’s also a good service to filter flickr-photos.
loc.alize.us

Screenshot: Locative Media


Virtual NYC Tour

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Taher Baderkhan’s Mashup is cool – and his “Moving Maps” are equipped with “handmade” photos.

His blog: http://websitesandmore.blogspot.com

virtualnyctour.com
Screenshot: Locative Media


GPSgames.org

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

GPSgames.org is an online community dedicated to all kinds of games involving Global Positioning System receivers. “GPSgames.org
Screenshot: Locative Media


Telegraph: iPhone as travel guidebook

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Suzy Bennett reports on her experience with the iPhone as a travel assistant for a trip to Madrid:

Before I left for Madrid, I downloaded several guides on to my phone: six podcasts, an audio walking tour, a guide to Madrileño restaurants and bars and a Spanish phrasebook, produced by Rough Guides.

I also “bookmarked” – saved – the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide website addresses, plus a selection of travel blogs for reference.”

There are several observations on the activities of the traditional guidebook publishers like Lonely Planet to cope with the “digital challenge” (e.g. lonelyplanet.tv “a kind of You Tube for travel videos”).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2007/11/10/et-iphone-travel-110.xml


London Zoo partners with Node

Monday, 19 November 2007

nodeexplorer (Screenshot “Locative Media”)

“This brand new flagship exhibit at the Regent’s Park site will allow visitors the opportunity to use handheld “Node Explorers” to take part in an interactive adventure throughout the London Zoo.

Having hired the Explorer visitors are plunged into an interactive, mobile adventure in which one of the Zoo’s keepers has mysteriously gone missing. Using the Explorer, visitors will have access to an exclusive internal Zoo network, enabling them to complete the various special challenges and quests to discover why the keeper has disappeared from Regent’s Park.”

http://www.nodeexplore.com/news.php?newsid=187