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


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


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


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.


GPS Ranger “San Francisco Zoo”

Monday, 31 March 2008

2008-03-29_san-francisco-zoo_small.jpg

San Francisco Zoo “is pleased to be the first zoo in America to deliver Zoo Ranger tours.”

“Even if you’ve been to the Zoo before, you’ll now see the Zoo from the eyes of the keepers by renting your own personal Zoo Ranger! Zoo Ranger is a hand-held, GPS-triggered device that takes you on an insider’s tour of the Zoo through audio and video. Choose from various options to see how we care for our wonderful animals and learn more about them. You’ll meet many of our individual animals and be touched by their unique personalities and compelling stories. Go virtually “behind-the-scenes” at 25 of our most popular exhibits to experience keeper and animal interactions, witness behavior training, and enjoy animal enrichment sessions. You can even test your wildlife knowledge with the interactive Zoo Trivia feature!”

San Francisco Zoo – click on the picture to see the interactive demonstrator.


GPS-Game “König Lustik” (German only)

Monday, 31 March 2008

“König Lustik” ist ein GPS-Spiel “des Jugendamtes/Kommunales Jugendbildungswerkes der Stadt Kassel in Kooperation mit der Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (mhk) und mit finanzieller Unterstützung des Museumsvereins Kassel e.V.”:

“Jede Station führt die Kinder an einen anderen Ort, der zu den Zeiten von König Jérôme Bonaparte von Bedeutung war. Kleine Geschichten erzählen, wie es damals war. Los ging es vor dem Fridericianum – dort, wo bis zum 29. Juni die große Ausstellung zu König Lustik zu sehen ist. Um die Orte, Hinweise und Schätze des GPS-Spiels zu König Lustik zu finden, geben die Spielhauskids die Koordinaten für die erste Station ein. Hierbei bekommen sie Hilfe von den beiden Erwachsenen. Bei den weiteren Stationen klappt es schon alleine, der Umgang mit der Technik bereitet keine Schwierigkeiten. Begleitet wurde die Gruppe bei ihrer Schatzsuche übrigens von einem Kameramann des Offenen Kanal Kassels – nach anfänglicher Aufregung vor laufender Kamera so normal wie möglich zu sein, war die Kamera schnell vergessen. Viel zu spannend und aufregend war der Umgang mit den GPS-Geräten und die Aussicht mit ihnen ‚Schätze’ in und um die Kasseler Innenstadt zu entdecken.”

Source: nh24


Antenna Audio and Citysearch are barcoding San Francisco with Scanbuy

Sunday, 30 March 2008

2008-03-29_citysearch_small.jpg

Press Release:

Citysearch & Antenna Audio Deploy Scanbuy’s Mobile Barcode Technology to San Francisco, Enabling Instant Access to Information

Scanbuy’s Technology Turns Camera Phones into Barcode Scanners – Connecting People to Local Information On-the-Go for the First Time in US

New York – March 26, 2008 – Citysearch, a leading online local information guide and an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), and Antenna Audio, a global leader in audio interpretation, announced separately today that they will deploy Scanbuy’s advanced barcode technology giving mobile phone users instant access to a wide range of local information when and where they need it most. Today’s launch marks the first time Scanbuy’s technology has been used to deliver local, mobile content in the United States.

By using ScanLife technology from Scanbuy, a global leader in mobile marketing solutions that turns camera phones into barcode scanners, Citysearch will link San Francisco users to local content on various restaurants, businesses and leading services while Antenna Audio will provide instant information about local historical landmarks.

More than 500 restaurants and businesses in San Francisco will display ScanLife 2D barcodes, called EZcodes, which deliver Citysearch’s original and consumer-generated reviews directly to a user’s phone, allowing immediate access to relevant information and eliminating the extra steps of typing lengthy website addresses into mobile browsers.

“People visit Citysearch.com daily for information about places to go in their city and now with ScanLife EZcodes, they can review information exactly when they need it most – at a local business’s front door,” said Rob Angel, Vice President, Media & Advertising, Citysearch. “EZcodes give locals and visitors the power of the Internet without having to search through information they don’t need. It fundamentally changes the user experience because it allows instant, up-to-the-minute access to the reviews and recommendations most relevant to the user at that moment.”

Audio tour provider Antenna Audio, acquired by Discovery Communications, Inc. in 2006, is using ScanLife to provide audio clips of local San Francisco landmarks right to an individuals’ mobile phone. This content has historically required hardware rental from locations like museums and galleries.

“In partnering with Scanbuy, Antenna Audio is hoping to drive users of mobile devices to access destination relevant content using ScanLife 2D technology as they explore the city”, said Sarah Dines, Managing Director of Antenna Audio for the Americas. “Our goal is to provide a first-rate audio experience for every user, and this mobile technology is a fantastic way to bring tours to as many people throughout San Francisco as possible.”

ScanLife technology uses camera phones to connect the physical world to the digital world. Businesses and content providers can use EZcodes to extend brand engagement onto mobile devices. At the same time, it affords mobile phone users the luxury of getting the most up-to-date information quickly and easily at the time they are actively making decisions or looking for answers.

All EZcodes can be accessed by users with compatible phones after downloading the free ScanLife software though the mobile browser at http://www.getscanlife.com, or by texting SCAN to 70734. Because of their simple design, EZcodes are supported by over 65 different camera phone models from all major US wireless carriers. The ScanLife Code Registry and Management platform has been deployed in France, Spain, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States.

“We are thrilled to have the potential of ScanLife fully realized by both Citysearch and Discovery Communications in this project,” said Jonathan Bulkeley, Chief Executive Officer of Scanbuy. “These partners are a natural fit, as they provide the most up-to-date and in-depth local information. This is a great opportunity to provide individuals throughout San Francisco instant access to a wealth of information from Citysearch about their favorite places and inside information about historical landmarks from the leader in audio tours, Discovery Communications.”

About Antenna Audio For more over 20 years, Antenna Audio has been the leading provider of audio and audio-visual interpretation to museums, exhibitions, historic sites and visitor attractions around the world. Today, we distribute more than 20 million tours every year and have a network of 16 offices around Europe, North America and Asia, currently employing around 350 full time staff. Acquired in April 2006 by Discovery Communications, Inc., Antenna Audio is now part of the leading real-world media brand on all platforms. Discovery Communications is the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. For more information about Antenna Audio, please visit http://www.antennaaudio.com.

About Citysearch Citysearch is a leading local search and directory company that provides the most up-to-date information on businesses, from restaurants and retail, to travel and professional services. Citysearch empowers consumers to make informed decisions about where to spend their time and money by delivering trusted content, local expertise and helpful tools, including over 18 million local business listings and over 1.5 million user reviews nationwide. Citysearch is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information, visit: http://www.citysearch.com

About Scanbuy, Inc. Scanbuy is the leading global provider of mobile marketing solutions that use the camera phone as the link between the physical world and the digital world. Scanbuy’s 2D barcode capture technology is revolutionizing the way media companies, marketers, handset manufacturers and carriers around the world provide information and services to consumers on their mobile phones. Founded in 2000, Scanbuy has a strong and growing intellectual property base in 2D barcode technology. The company’s investors include Longworth Venture Partners, Masthead Venture Partners and Hudson Ventures. For more information about Scanbuy solutions, please visit http://www.scanbuy.com or http://www.scanlife.com.

Via http://www.sys-con.com/read/528624.htm


Geopedia = iPhone + Locative Wikipedia

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

2008-03-26_iphonefaq_com_geopedia_small.pngiPhoneFAQ about the release of a third party software for the iPhone on 19 March: “GeoPedia takes advantage of geographic positioning functionality, like those introduced in iPhone firmware 1.1.3, and provides iPhone owners with a Wikipedia feed customized to their current location.”

“The usefulness of GeoPedia to traveling iPhone owners (which we all are, in a sense) is easy to imagine. Have some time to kill after a business meeting in an unfamiliar city? Let GeoPedia and Wikipedia provide some fodder that might lead to some interesting excursions. Exactly how well GeoPedia works is yet to be seen, but the idea is a good one, and so far users are reporting some pretty impressive results.”

Source and picture: http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/97405

Via Slashgeo and Wikipedia Blog


Guides for Handicapped People

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

CSD Partners With BarZ Adventures to Give Virtual Sign Language Tours of Austin

Bar Z Adventures has created a a tour available completely in American Sign Language (ASL) together with CSD (Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.):

“With Austin’s reputation as a hub for innovation and technology, we’re proud to offer the cutting-edge GPS Ranger tour. The tour lends itself nicely to both leisure and business travelers, as visitors can explore the city at their own pace, on their own or with a group, stopping to learn more about the sites that pique their specific interests,” says Bob Lander, president and chief executive officer of Austin CVB [Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau]. “We are especially excited to offer the American Sign Language tour, which increases accessibility and helps us provide the best services and amenities possible for all visitors. The GPS Ranger allows deaf or hard of hearing visitors to experience Austin with the assistance of a personal guide who details the city’s rich history and signature attractions in American Sign Language.”

Soundcom und Transformat präsentieren eine GPS-gesteuerte Touristenführung für Blinde auf der Hallig Hooge
(GPS Guide for Blind Visitors of the North Sea Holm “Hooge”, Germany)

Hallig Hooge gilt als die Königin unter den zehn weltweit einzigartigen Halligen im Schleswig-Holsteinischen Wattenmeer. Dank des neuen elektronischen Touristenführers bleiben ihre Attraktionen nun auch den blinden und sehbehinderten Touristen nicht mehr verborgen. Mithilfe des satellitengestützten Positionierungssystems GPS (Global Positioning System) wird der Standort der Besucher wie mit einem Navigationsgerät im Auto erkannt, und die passenden Audio-Beschreibungen starten automatisch. Zu hören sind spezielle Texte für Blinde und Sehbehinderte, die das Beschreiberteam Nord im Hörfilm e.V. gemeinsam mit der Gästeführerin Dr. Renée Oetting-Jessel entwickelt hat und die von den Hamburger Sprechern und Schauspielern Bettina Radener und Michael Bideller im Studio der Soundcom GmbH eingesprochen wurden.

www.soundcom.de | www.transformat.de


AntennaAudio: Walk the Wall!

Monday, 24 March 2008

antennaaudio_walk-the-wall_2008-03-23_cropped.jpg

In May 2008 Antenna Audio starts the first gps guide on the history of the Berlin Wall (German/English). The “MultiMediaGuide” for pedestrians and cyclists consists of interviews, historic audio takes and video footage.

Press Release

(Picture: Antenna Audio)


GPS Drawings Gallery

Sunday, 16 March 2008

“The [Gallery] contains GPS drawings created over land, on water, and in the air along with GPS maps and experiments. There are also contributions from around the world. GPS tracks have been sent from pilots, skydivers, skiers, hikers, cyclists, joggers, and whale hunters.The [Projects] contain specialized ventures that merit specific attention such as animations, documentation of exhibitions, GPS mapping, computer and cardboard models, and workshops conducted in galleries, museums, and in schools.”http://www.gpsdrawing.com

gps-drawing_2008-03-16_small.jpg


GPS city game at Jena

Sunday, 9 March 2008

The Berlin-based company tranformat recently announced the production of a gps urban game for the city Jena, Thuringia, Germany.

“31.01.2008
Jena bekommt “Schnapphans” – ein GPS-Stadtspiel

Ab Sommer ’08 können sich die Jenaer ebenso wie die Besucher der Stadt mit einem Leih-PDA auf eine interaktive Entdeckungstour durch Jena begeben. Die technische Umsetzung des anspruchsvollen Spielkonzepts von art+wege aus Weimar übernimmt transformat.”

http://www.location-based-media.de/


Play REXplorer@Regensburg

Sunday, 9 March 2008

A pervasive game for the exploration of the ancient city Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany.

“Besucher werden gebeten, als wissenschaftliche Assistenten merkwürdige Phänomene in der Altstadt Regensburgs zu untersuchen. Für ihre Feldforschung erhalten die Teilnehmer einen Apparat mit künstlicher Intelligenz, der es erlaubt, mit historischen und sagenhaften Charakteren wie durch ein Walkie Talkie Kontakt aufzunehmen und sogar mit diesen per Gestik zu interagieren.

Der Apparat hilft und kommentiert das Abenteuer auf ironische Weise, und es zeigt sich alsbald, dass die Stadt von einer “immerwährenden Magie” durchwoben ist. Tagessieger wird, wer möglichst viel von dieser Magie aufspürt und die Aufgaben, die die Charaktere stellen, gemeinsam mit anderen ?REXplorern? löst.

Die einzelnen Stationen der Erkundungsreise durch die Altstadt werden automatisch als multimediales Tagebuch (blog) aufbereitet, das als persönliches Souvenir dient. (Game Design: Steffen P. Walz)”

http://www.rex-regensburg.de/stadtspiel/rexplorer/