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  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.”
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
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!”
Monday, 10 December 2007
This multi-media device is a personal guide to the sky, using GPS for the convenience of astronomy hobbyists. Point the gun-style “mySKY” to one of 30.000 celestial points of interest, and you will see and hear a location-based experience. The other way round you shall be able to search a dedicated object.
Astroarmy on the commercial via YouTube: “Introducing the Meade mySKY. Meade introduces a revolutionary way to explore our universe. The new Meade mySKY is an easy-to-use multi-media device that will guide you through the night sky better than if you had your own private astronomer standing next to you.”
Via OhGizmo! who got it via GEARlog, to OhGizmo! I came via gizmag.
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.”
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.“
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
Saturday, 8 December 2007
markkito (Markus Kirstein) at YouTube: “A Demonstration of ParcourPro, a GPS based Application. more under http://www.livingdigital.de/blog/?p=360 ”
Friday, 7 December 2007
A video from axsantan at YouTube: “HP Labs Mediascape demo announced at 3GSM”.
Friday, 7 December 2007
The mscapeFest07 was good. Here comes another video on mscaper.
A video from 29fragiledays/YouTube: “Some user feedback on ‘always something somewhere else‘, a generative locative media experience built using the new Hewlett Packard mScape software.”
Author Duncan Speakman on ‘always something somewhere else‘:
“In the work the listener is asked to locate various substances that form the contemporary urban environment (glass, stone, concrete etc.). As they mark the location of each one they begin to hear interwoven stories connecting them to remote locations around the world, soundtracked with a generative music score. The narratives are progressed and concluded as the listener returns to the locations they chose. The piece is reflective and sometimes melancholy, it touches on issues of climate change and global awareness, but ultimately encourages the listener to treasure the moments around them…”
Sunday, 2 December 2007
The mscapeFest07 takes place at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol (UK) on 3 & 4 December.
Here comes a video on the mediascape from Jon Williams and Hazel Grian…
(Video by Licorice film, Jon Williams and Hazel Grian via YouTube)
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Two videos from YouTube on Node:
1. This one shows the nodeexplorer as the “Stourhead GPS Explorer”
2. Here is an example of a program for the nodeexplorer as “Stourhead GPS Explorer”. I like it, as it does not simply show the reality, but reconstructs the past.
Press release: Node goes live at Stourhead Gardens
Site information: National Trust
Friday, 30 November 2007
(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.”
More videos from the GoCarEntrepreneurs:
(Videos: GoCar Franchise Services, Inc., via YouTube.com)