Sunday, 16 March 2008
In the group blog “MediaShift Idea Lab” Leslie Rule posted “Gaming, Seriously” – expecting the development of “mobile gaming but in a serious way, the goal being to better understand the place in which we live and the community spaces we inhabit. Maybe it’s community oriented geo-caching or digital treasure hunting, maybe it’s creating your own digital overlay on the physical spaces you inhabit, thereby sharing the embedded cultural knowledge we all have.”
Create-A-Scape – an example from the author for a serious gaming initiative:
Sunday, 2 March 2008
A feature “The New Cartographers: What does it mean to map everything all the time?” written by Jessica Clark and published by In These Times:
“Maps are everywhere these days. The ubiquity of global positioning systems (GPS) and mobile directional devices, interactive mapping tools and social networks is feeding a mapping boom. Amateur geographers are assigning coordinates to everything they can get their hands on — and many things they can’t. “Locative artists” are attaching virtual installations to specific locales, generating imaginary landscapes brought vividly to life in William Gibson’s latest novel, Spook Country. Indeed, proponents of “augmented reality” suggest that soon our current reality will be one of many “layers” of information available to us as we stroll down the street.”
“In many ways, these mapping tools are re-locating us as the center of our personal universes. We no longer go to maps to find out where we are. Instead, we tell maps where we are and they form around us on the fly, a sensation that can be comforting or stifling. After all, while finding the right map can orient you, having dozens can threaten to tip the signal-to-noise ratio toward cacophony.
On balance, though, the democratization of mapping and visualization tools generates possibilities for self-expression and social action. Two decades ago, postmodern theorist Frederic Jameson argued that developing new maps would be central for activists hoping to grapple with the emerging global business and communication systems. ‘[The] incapacity to map socially is as crippling to political experience as the analogous incapacity to map spatially is for urban experience,’ he wrote.”
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)
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.”