Locative Mobile Phone Game “Parallel Kingdom”

Sunday, 23 March 2008

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This is a Locative Mobile Phone Game (LMPG). A game for iPhone and Android, which uses either GPS or the My Location feature of Google Maps on the iPhone:

“According to its description, Parallel Kingdom places the virtual world on top of the real world using the GPS inside your phone. You can attack, dance, hug or team up with anyone around you. Set up trade routes, craft items or even create your own kingdom.
You can mine resources, build buildings, craft items, trade goods, meet people, start kingdoms, lead wars, and explore the world. Wherever you are, you can open your phone and play, whether you’re on the bus, walking down the street, or at home. Anywhere in the world, any time of the day. Parallel Kingdom never stops, you play it when you want and where you are.”

Source: iPhone World

Pocketgamer.co.uk published an interview with the CEO of Parallel Kingdom, Justin Beck:

Pocketgamer: How do the GPS aspects work? How are you tackling the problem that people might not be within range of anyone else who owns the game?

Justin Beck: We want to find some balance between leveraging the location game play of Parallel Kingdom without forcing players to move to do every little thing, which could get annoying quickly.

The GPS controls what part of a neighbourhood you are in and from that location you can then move your character within a couple block radius of your actual location. Giving you the freedom to explore while still being completely location based.”

From: Google Android and iPhone get their first MMORPG

Videos by Parallel Kingdom:

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Bruce Sterling on sustainable design

Monday, 14 January 2008

“Bruce Sterling’s presentation at LIFT evening Korea on Industrial Products And Ubiquity. Bruce talks about sustainable design, recycling, total life-cycle management, tags, radio-frequency identity, search engines, locative media, computer fabricators, industrial design, user records, metadata. web commerce and ubiquitous computing in the service of sustainability. ”

From LIFT. (LIFT evening Seoul, 12 September 2007)

Via CORE77.


“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.


The Belfast & Titanic Interactive Trail

Sunday, 9 December 2007

The video is promotion for the Belfast and Titanic Interactive trail, which is offered at Belfast. Produced by Awakin Productions based in Northern Ireland. Awakin’s managing director John Bastard was at mscapeFest07 and told me about this project, in which the Node Explorer is part of the multi-media system:

“Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Tourist Board have launched the world’s first interactive multi-media digital tourism trail – and, appropriately, it is based around the city’s most famous product, ‘Titanic’.

The ‘Belfast Titanic Trail’ uses the latest GPS-based technology, the Node Explorer, to take visitors ‘back to the future’ – leading them on a tour of the city sites associated with the Titanic story, from the grounds of City Hall to Queen’s Island, finishing by presenting them with a vision of how Titanic Quarter will look.

Using a portable, robust media player, which is both user-friendly and ultra-modern, the Node Explorer – being used for the first time in Belfast – uses a combination of the latest computer technology, still images, video footage, dramatic reconstructions, text and audio clips to take users on a fully interactive trip through time – telling the story of the mighty Titanic and the people associated with her.”

http://www.awakin.com/casestudies.htm

About Awakin: “Awakin is a fast growing provider of Tourism, Heritage & Educational mobile digital content. Awakin was established in April 2004, and was previously part funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to develop new, innovative and exciting digital interpretations in order to promote Northern Ireland as a leading tourist destination.”

About John Bustard, Managing Director: “For the past 3 years John has built up Awakins portfolio to include a range of cutting edge products and brought together a team of highly experienced media producers and directors.


Will mscapers wear data gloves?

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Among the people at mscapeFest07 at Bristol were:

  • Yolande Kolstee, she is an officer for Innovation and Quality Care of the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, abbreviated KABK), The Hague, Netherlands, and projectleader of the AR+RFID Lab at Royal Academy of Art. She works closely together with

Yolande and Pieter are working with RFID technology already and now are thinking of using the data gloves of their augmented reality systems as another sensor for the mscape system. What their students are doing you can watch in the following two funny videos from the website of AR+RFID Lab via YouTube.
The English website of the AR+RFID lab is: www.kabk.nl/lab


HP Labs Mediascape – Promotion from 3GSM ’07

Friday, 7 December 2007

A video from axsantan at YouTube: “HP Labs Mediascape demo announced at 3GSM”.