Serious Mobile Gaming

Sunday, 16 March 2008

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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.”

http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2008/03/gaming-seriously.html

Create-A-Scape – an example from the author for a serious gaming initiative:

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“What does it mean to map everything all the time?”

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.”

The conclusion:

“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.”

Via: http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/78284/?page=entire


Views: User-Generated Content

Sunday, 2 March 2008

ABIresearch claims on 25 February 2008 “User-Generated Content Will Be a Key Component of Maps, Navigation, and Location-Based Service“:

“As connected PNDs, handset-based pedestrian navigation, and location-based services begin to emerge,” concludes [Dominique] Bonte, “user-generated location content will become a key component that permits companies to enhance their services with real-time information in a cost-effective way that strengthens their communities and brand names. Initiatives like GyPSii may ultimately reach a status comparable with existing social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace.”


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.


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


“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