Sunday, September 12, 2004

Roland's Sunday Smart Trends #23: "

Here is my weekly collection of articles that were not commented here -- except if I missed them.

Bloggers Find Location Enabling

New location-aware services are emerging thanks to new global positioning system (GPS)-enabled tools. Read more about comMotion, a system developed at the MIT Media Laboratory or about Jim Spohrer's WorldBoard concept which proposes establishing an augmented reality system on a planetary scale. Meanwhile, WaveMarket delivers a location-based friend-finder service with WaveIQ, a software suite comprised of a hosted "superblog" that functions as a "multiple-channel informational clearinghouse," a map interface for mobile phone displays, and a framework that enables wireless operators to alert subscribers when "friends" enter or exit a defined location. [Thanks to ACM TechNews for this.]

Source: Alan Cameron, GPS World, August 2, 2004

No Friendster of mine

Blogging has been slapped with many labels since its debut on the Internet -- democratic, revolutionary, informative, ego-centric, a waste of time -- now, social networking company Friendster has given it a new description -- grounds for termination.

Last week, Friendster fired Joyce Park, a Friendster engineer since December, without warning. Her offense: blogging about company info that was publicly available.

[So Red Herring interviewed a somewhat devastated Park.]

Source: Red Herring, September 9, 2004

WiFi Works Where GPS Won't

Place Lab has a pretty slick way for WiFi users to figure out their location without buying any new equipment. The free software picks up the signal strength from three nearby hotspots, compares them against a map of known hotspot coordinates (latitude and longitude), then triangulates the users location. At 20 to 30 meters, it's not as accurate as GPS, but it will work indoors. Place Lab hopes to improve the accuracy to GPS levels in the future.

Source: Patrick Norton, ExtremeTech, September 9, 2004

Bloggers drive hoax probe into Bush memos

Forget the political conventions.

When history books are written, bloggers' real contribution to the 2004 election may well turn out to be in providing leagues of amateur sleuths to fact-check political controversy.

Source: John Borland, CNET, September 10, 2004

Interactive ad system aims at camera cellphone users

Cellphone users accustomed to using their phones to play computer games, listen to music, and take pictures now have something new to do with their wireless telephones: respond to magazine and outdoor advertisements.

Source: Peter J. Howe, The Boston Globe, September 9, 2004

RFID to Be Served 7-Eleven Style

A dairy truck driver pulls up to a 7-Eleven convenience store and is preparing to deliver crates of milk when the store manager greets him.

"Hold on a moment," the manager says, as he looks at an RFID readout on his PDA. "These crates over here are bad. Sure, they're registering a good temperature now, but it looks like they got way too warm for nine hours yesterday. Did you pull over for a break and suffer refrigeration problems? No matter. I won't take these three over here, but it looks like the others are fine. Bring 'em in."

Source: Evan Schuman, eWEEK, September 11, 2004

The Self-cleaning NanoHouse

The NanoHouse, co-developed in Australia by CSIRO and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), is a new type of ultra-energy efficient house using the new materials being developed by nanotechnology such as self-cleaning glass or dye solar cells. The NanoHouse is currently a concept going from one exhibit to another. But prototypes should appear in 2007 while manufacturing should start around 2009.

Sources: Vincent Blake, Australian IT, September 7, 2004; adapted by Roland

See you next week...


(Via Smart Mobs.)

Roland's Sunday Smart Trends #23


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