“The Mobile City” conference 2008 at Rotterdam

Thursday, 20 December 2007

The Mobile City

“The Mobile City is a conference on locative and mobile media and the city. The conference brings together academics, urban professionals, locative artists, and media designers.

The rise of mobile and locative media like the mobile phone and GPS blur the boundaries between the physical world and the digital world. What does this mean for the city?”

Rotterdam, 27-28 February 2008

http://www.themobilecity.nl/


locr@Nokia

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

locr

Germany-based company locr states that their software for Symbian S60 phones is available at Nokia’s EMEA download site – in a press release for instance via inar.de. locr offers a community and a software for geotagging photos.

www.locr.de | http://www.locr.com/index.php?lang=en


GeoVector’s pointing at a patent (PR)

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

GeoVector

Press Release by GeoVector

GeoVector® Corporation, the leading provider of “advanced search” capabilities for location-based applications, today announced an additional patent within its augmented reality technology family.

US Patent 7301536 better enables mobile phones or other devices to display stored digital images which are linked to real-world objects or places.

“Imagine pointing a mobile device down a city street and seeing a digital image of how that street looked a century ago, or might look a century from now. Imagine pointing at a new car billboard and seeing the car in any color you want, then downloading a video clip,” explained John Ellenby, GeoVector’s CEO. “GeoVector’s technology enables countless possibilities for entertainment, advertising or e-commerce applications.”

GeoVector currently enables mobile devices to access data on points of interest using a unique combination of GPS and a built-in compass. The new patent builds upon that capability, allowing users to interact with stored images based on their surroundings.

The company currently provides products and services which significantly simplify local searches, allowing users to point their mobile device toward objects of interest to access information about them. Users can “point and click” with their mobile phone the way a computer user navigates using a mouse.

“With the real world as your desktop, the possibilities are endless,” Ellenby said. (…)

A demo video by GeoVector via YouTube.

[Please send press releases to editors (at )voss-publishing( dot) net]


MizPee’s loocation-based service

Monday, 17 December 2007

MizPee

About: “MizPee finds the closest, cleanest toilets in your area. You can add and review toilets, get some cool deals in your area and challenge your knowledge of toilet trivia”.

A video taken from CBS by datnice@YouTube.


Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2008

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2008The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2008 – the sixth one – to be held 19 – 21 February 2008 in the famous “Residenz München”, Germany, has been established as the European and international conference with global impact featuring invited high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments dealing with the directions of satellite navigation now and in the future.In 2008 the main focus will be on how to achieve a ‘GNSS System of Systems’ in near future considering

  • the re-structured European Galileo program and the first studies on the evolution of it,
  • the activities in North America for the modernisation of the US Global Positioning System GPS (GPS-III),
  • the re-vitalisation of the Russian GLONASS system and its possible change to CDMA,
  • the launch of the first Chinese COMPASS satellite and the Chinese and Asian satellite navigation perspectives,
  • the developments in India, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

http://www.munich-satellite-navigation-summit.org/

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2008

(Pictures: European Satellite Navigation Industries)


Def.: Geocaching

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 480,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the sport. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Geocaching&oldid=178046666


Locative games nominated for IGF Mobile

Saturday, 15 December 2007

PhoneTag Elite

The “Independent Games Festival Mobile” nominated two locative games in the category “Innovation in Augmented Design“:

PhoneTag Elite [KnowledgeWhere, Calgary, Alberta, Canada] turns hide and seek into a radical group sport across North America by using the mobile phone as a console for chatting and location-tracking. Available exclusively to Sprint customers across America, taggers can shop in-game at their favourite brand stores for tools to help evade capture and pursue targets.

PhoneTag Elite is designed to build both team and community relationships, encourage physical and mental agility, and introduce a new way of playing interactive games from your mobile phone. But, most of all, PhoneTag Elite is designed to be fun. PhoneTag Elite utilizes a patent pending, proprietary technology that protects individuals’ privacy and ensures the players true location is never revealed.”

Anna’s Secret [by Jan Ulrich Schmidt, Hamburg, Germany] is a GPS driven, location-based learning adventure game for cultural content in the city of Weimar (Germany). A player walks with a GPS-able Pocket PC through the Ilm-park and passes sightseeings. Video clips show Anna and explain the sights, which have an important role in the game. On his way the player has to solve different quests and mysteries to solve Anna’s Secret. If he does well, he can find a treasure chest.

The story of a ghost that suffers from amnesia is used to immerse the player into the gameplay. Many videos show the ghost Anna or details of the park and its history. The game could be adapted to any other city, if the content and the story are modified.

Anna’s Secret is based on the game ‘geocaching’, but extends this play by video and film clips, multimedia features, components of a adventure game and a real, historical background story.

The project is a diploma thesis at the Bauhaus-University of Weimar at the professorship for media and interface design. It respects aspects of ubiquitous and pervasive gaming.

Via GPSbusinessnews


Mediacity International Conference 2008

Saturday, 15 December 2007

MEDIACITY – Situations, Practices and Encounters

Who? Mediacity Project, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany

When? January 18-19 2008

Where? “Oberlichtsaal” of the main building of the Bauhaus-University Weimar

What? The conference will investigate how the social settings and spaces of the city are created, experienced and practiced through the use and presence of new media. We will take the position that new media enables different settings, practices and behaviours to occur in urban space. These media create opportunities for diverse forms of connections between people and spaces and enable and create flows; of information, of communication and of knowledge.

http://www.mediacityproject.com/


YouTube@Helio with geotagging

Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Ocean device from US wireless carrier Helio gets a new YouTube application. One of the features: Videos can now be geotagged on the fly with the GPS phone. Here is the commercial and the Guided Tour from Helio.


TeleNav: LBS apps 2008

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Over The Air – The InformationWeek’s Mobile Weblog presents an interview with Sal Dhanani, co-founder and senior director of marketing at TeleNav, who expects 2008 to be a growth year for LBS applications.

One of the questions by Stephen Wellmann was What new business apps will we see in 2008 that utilize location?”

Sal’s answer: “So far LBS business apps have been horizontal, meaning one size fits all. In 2008 we’ll see the beginnings of tailored LBS apps for verticals and also highly customized apps for enterprise accounts.”

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/12/will_business_u.html


“Digi-Guide” Paris

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Digi Guide

“Digi-Guide” is another GPS-PDA-Guided-Tour-Rental-System. This one is for Paris and available in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian. The tours can also be downloaded for “Only €0.99 the Tour”, a pocket PC application is provided for free.

A promotional video clip (French) is available.


“Whereto machines”

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Peter Glaser, the famous author who was “born as a pencil in Graz, Austria”, wrote down some observations on “whereto machines” (meaning sat navs) in his column at Focus Online (German):

“Anderntags freundete ich mich mit den Optionen des Navis an. Man konnte ihm nicht nur sagen, was es tun, sondern auch, was es bleiben lassen sollte. Meide die Highways, befahl ich. Wir fuhren hintenrum durch Amerika. Wir sahen keine Sehenswürdigkeiten, sondern das Land, wie es ist. Ohne den elektronischen Lotsen hätte ich nur knittrige Karten und Tankstellen gesehen. Durch die Hochhausschluchten der großen Innenstädte segelten wir auf Sicht. Ehe wir morgens losfuhren, suchte ich mir dazu zwei, drei markante Häuser, Brücken, Hügel aus dem Baedecker. Medienmix nennt man das.”

http://www.focus.de/digital/multimedia/glasers_modernste_zeiten/wohinmaschinen_aid_228333.html


Whereboutz@Facebook located

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Whereboutz

About Whereboutz:

“Whereboutz is a service that allows you to share your location with friends and let them know what you’re up to—it is available as a Facebook application and a free mobile application. (…) Use Whereboutz every day (many times a day!) to tell your Facebook friends where you are and what you’re up to—either from your computer, or from your cell phone. When you post, your friends can find you on a map on Facebook or their cell phone.”

http://www.whereboutz.com/faq.html

Via GPS World.

It is the same service as plazes.com, isn’t it?


Google ad on “My Location”

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

This advertisement from Google via YouTube serves as a handsome explanation on what location-based services are and “The new ‘My Location’ (beta) feature on Google Maps for mobile helps you know where you are on the map, even if your phone doesn’t have GPS. Just press [0] to move the map to your approximate location. Save time and tedious keystrokes finding where you are, what’s around you, and how to get there.”

Via UBIKWITUS


Urban multiuser game “FastFoot”

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

FastFoot

This video about FastFoot at Bremen, Germany, shows a game. It is an amateur film, but here comes the explanation how the game works:

“If you are “X”: don’t get caught.
If you are a Runner: Get him!

Whether meeting up with friends, or just looking out for action and movement – you can get started anywhere, anytime. Everything evolves spontaneously. The game is fast, intuitive and it does markably increase your oxygen consumption!

One “X” plus 4 Runners = 5 players choose the radius of the field size and the duration of the game. “X” starts a few minutes earlier than the Runners, and he can already see their position on his mobile. The further he now gets away from them, the better his initial position will be. At the end of his warming up phase, the Runners start, as he shows up on their mobiles for the first time. From now on, they will regularly see his position. Can he escape or will the Runners catch him?

Whether “X” or Runner: you’ll need strategy, coordination, luck and you’ll need to be fast. The phone constantly provides you with information about the players, like their position, moving direction and speed. You can chat, set markers or tag certain positions. You won’t be shown a city map, so you’ll have to guess the exact movements of the Runners. “X”‘s position will be even harder to pin point. Anyone who leaves the game field is out!

Enjoy new perspectives on your city. Corners you’ve never been before, short cuts you’d never have taken otherwise. Everything around you becomes part of your game, as real and virtual world melt together!”

http://www.fastfoot.mobi/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=42


“Ourstories” – children’s location-based experiences

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Ourstories.org

Ourstories.org by Unicef, one laptop per child (OLPC) and Google is an oral history project, in which location is not only a set of longitude and latitude, but a social place in our world. The project is…

“a joint initiative to preserve and share the histories and identities of cultures around the world by making personal stories available online in many languages. Using laptops, mobile phones and other recording devices, children will record, in their native languages, the stories of elders, family members and friends. These stories will be shared globally through the Our Stories website, where they can be found on a Google Map.

By making these stories accessible around the world, the Our Stories project hopes to contribute to a better understanding of our shared humanity across countries and cultures, across religious traditions, across languages, and across generations.”

http://www.ourstories.org/ourpress/20071207_launch.html

Two examples on malaria, street kids and – music…

Press Release via Directions magazine.