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.

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Stourhead (Node) Explorer

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.

More:

Press release: Node goes live at Stourhead Gardens

Site information: National Trust


Pointoo moves forward

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Users of the “location bookmark service” Pointoo just received a mail that Pointoo changes its status and becomes an independent company, a GmbH. Pointoo is in the portfolio of the Holtzbrinck eLab


Dash: Yahooed, connected, mashup navigation system

Monday, 26 November 2007

Dash
Screenshot: Locative Media

 

Dash is “the first and only navigation system with built-in two-way connectivity. (…) With Dash Express you can:

  • Know the best routes around traffic using up to the minute information provided by the Dash Driver Network
  • Find virtually anything—nearby or near your destination—using Yahoo! Local search
  • Send an address from any computer right to your car with Send to Car”

http://www.dash.net/product.php

Ed Moltzen attracted my attention on ChannelWeb, hinting at the current Dash activities. Ed also pointed at the two sources quoted below:

“The device is noteworthy because, once deployed, it’s said to do a bunch of things all at once. It’s a GPS navigation device that also integrates WiFi, services from Yahoo, continually updated traffic information and two-way communication.”

http://www.crn.com/networking/204202898

Ozzie Diaz as a beta tester in his HP blog:

“I’ve been on the beta program for Dash Networks who is nearing commercialization of a GPS nav device with a built-in GPRS radio as well as WiFi that enables updated traffic information and Yahoo! Local content while on the go. The Yahoo! Local is pretty good and provides the all-important personalized content related to my location, such as where is the nearest Starbucks or pizza joint. Apart from the obvious interest in the combo of tailored Internet content and location, the as-yet unrealized potential is with the WiFi interface. Currently it’s doing firmware updates when parked in your garage at home or brought in the house. But if these devices or a common protocol for peering among such devices (Standards Bodies, how ‘bout it?) grow in numbers on the streets and highways, whether they be mobile in-vehicle or fixed roadside can be the REAL killer apps for these networks of devices!”

http://h20325.www2.hp.com/blogs/ozzie/archive/2007/11/21/5153.html

Erick Schonfeld on the mashup concept in TechCrunch:

Owners will be able to manage which mashups they receive through Dash’s Website. There, they will be able to drag feeds from sites like Platial, where they can create a Google Map of dog runs in San Francisco or yoga schools in LA. Link it to Zillow, and you will be able to get data on houses as you are driving around the neighborhood. Create a feed at Upcoming.org about all the rock concerts in your city or one of open houses from Craigslist, and you will be able to get the info in your car, along with how far away each place is. You will also be able to do a Yahoo Local search on the device for restaurants and it will return nearby results with ratings.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/19/dash-wants-to-bring-web-mashups-to-your-car/

Remark of the editor: It’s a “dashup concept” 😉


Pocketnavigation.de – Navigation System Portal

Saturday, 24 November 2007

The leading German portal for mobile navigation systems. News, tests, more than 90.000 community members and lots of content to subscribe (points of interest, guides, speed camera data etc.). The data can be used with an add-on software for mobile navigation systems.

Pocketnavigation.de

Screenshot: Locative Media


Geotagging community “Pointoo”

Friday, 23 November 2007

The “location bookmark service” by “Holtzbrinck eLab” offers user-generated Points of Interest (POI) for the usage via web, mobile phone or navigation system.

Pointoo
Screenshot: Locative Media