WHERE 2.0, Wednesday, Part I

So, second day of the conference. Looking for some interesting keynotes.

 

News through Data by Jer Thorp
Data taken from Kepler project by NASA, search for exo-planets.
Cool video demo http://vimeo.com/19642643
Back to the GPS path, shown last year, from hidden file on iPhone https://openpaths.cc/
you can propose a project there https://openpaths.cc/projects

 

SAMASOURCE http://leilajanah.com/samasource/
by most beautiful speaker so far Leila Janah
Photographers woke up when she came on to the stage.
Idea is that data projects devided into small pieces. Sample is handling of POI data tasks. Project management in San Francisco. Work in Africa @ $1-3 per hour.

her conclusion: “take messy data, adress poverty”
my experienced friend’s conclusion: “too expensive dress for that presentation”

 

Geoloqi
Platform for real-time location, messaging, and analytics https://geoloqi.com
Geofencings, location based analytics, location tracking. Geofencing solution is battery safe https://developers.geoloqi.com/features/geofencing
Brand new game, powered by Geoloqi – play on real territory http://mapattack.org. Two teams compete to capture the most points on the gameboard. The gameboard, in this case, is the city streets of the neighborhood the players are in. To play, all you need is a phone, a city street, park or college campus, and some friends.

 

Kullect http://www.kullect.com
Capture things that interest and inspire you from the real world. Organize your posts into “kullections” based on topics. Discover what your friends are sharing and what’s nearby. Share and discover. Creators, curators. 1st place from ~10 startups.

 

Gaming Reality
by Will Wright.
A lot of slides, a lot of words.  Conclusion is to build unique experiense for person and environment. One more confirmation for personal UX.

 

URBANSCALE http://urbanscale.org
~14,000-year history of mapmaking
inventions and discoveries of new maps, artifacts etc.

 

OBLONG http://oblong.com
Remember “Minority Report” movie? The technology has advanced. MIT Media Lab “Minotirty Report” –> Boeing Saudi Aramco –> Mezzanine g-speak SDK. The g-speak SOE (spatial operating environment) is Oblong’s radically new platform. The SOE made its public debut in the film Minority Report, whose bellwether interface one of Oblong’s founders designed. But its full history extends backward
to three decades of research at the MIT Media Lab. video demo http://oblong.com

Mezzanine demo. Move objects thru the meeting room (space). Seems the objects then could be drug’n’dropped between ALL devices in the room (thru the space) like iPap, laptop, phone.

live demo with Kinect, by Pete and Tom. Tracking hands and FINGERS by Kinect. Shown in Mac screen put vertically:) Control by the phone as by remote control unit to the TV. If there were other screens (or projection devices), they are all within the “space” and content from one screen could be thrown to another screen smoothly.
and “we are hiring” at the end…

 

Wireless Stars
ex-Google
buiding Egypt 2.0

LBS used to build Egypt 2.0
IntaFeen http://www.intafeen.com is a foursquare for Arab world. Culture translation. IntaFeen was used during revolution and after the revolution. crowdsourcing everything to plant trees, police, repairing, cleaning. OneYad – connects people based on interest & location. OneYad means one hand. From social networking to social working http://oneyad.com

BTW OneYad shows why Facebook sucks for everything else except sharing.

 

Google
by Brian McClendon, VP of Google Geo, former Keyhole founder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_McClendon

Ingredients of Modern Map Service
* sub-meter imagery (see smbd’s house)
* aerial imagery
* increase in OBLIQUE (what is that?)
* historical imagery (before vs. after)
* street view imagery (only 5 cities in 2007. now 35 contries.)
* apls and amazon rainforest (camera on top of the train and the boat:))
* unique problems (frog on the camera lens)
* art project (151 museums, indoors rock)
* Japan, tsunami… the only way to see how city looked before tsunami is Google
* Maps older images…
* vector data (with plenty hidden data). Internal tool for editing and debugging
* 20 countries with streetview
* map maker, empower users
* users share: “there is a field of marijuana here” and pin on the map
* 1.6M QPS peak tile serving, 75ms avg tile serving latency, 99,995% avail over 3y
* API, geocoding, directions, places, street view
* Dynamic tiles, for enabling dynamic features
* recap: IMAGERY, VECTOR, DELIVERY
* future is 3D

Brian’s conclusion for future: “it will be 3D”.
my conclusion: “all those free maps are far away from Google… Google is a growing monster”

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