Data Overlaid On The Real World

Ever wondered what the iPhone compass was for?

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Nearest Tube is one of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.

Here’s another great app Android app developed by IBM for the Wimbledon 2009 Championships.

YouTube link.

Catchily called the IBM Seer it gives directions and live coverage of everything that’s happening.

GPS and a compass opens up a whole world of new opportunities.

I’m hoping to see lots more of this kinda stuff soon.

Here & There. Mapping A Horizonless Manhattan

London creative design consultants Schulze & Webb wanted to explore the best way to visually navigate through dense cities.

What they came up with is now called “Here & There,” and it lets you simultaneously and seamlessly view a city from the point of view where your are standing and from a bird’s eye view in the sky.

Why? “Because the ability to be in a city and to see through it is a superpower, and it’s how maps should work.”

Here’s the map:

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Here’s the visualization:

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Here & There in Manhattan 2 from schulze on Vimeo.

This is how GPS should work…

Read more:

Here & There featured in Wired UK — read

Design origins and sources, powers and cities — read

Video of how GPS could work in a bendy Manhattan — read

The Physical Internet

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This installation piece by Tim Schwartz is attached via a network cable to the internet where it monitors news and search results for “paris hilton” and “paris france” and displays an average result in real-time.

I love the idea of using physical objects to display data generated in the digital world and vice-versa.

Bakertweet from the peeps at Poke has been generating a lot of buzz recently.

Sermad has also pulled together some nice examples of the internet and real world coming together.

I wanna talk about this a bit more after I’ve sorted out the thoughts in my head.

via Inspire Me, Now!

Qapture. Links Inspired By Twitter Chat

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Qapture captures and ranks the links being shared right now by some of the most interesting folks on Twitter.

Think of Qapture as an “of the moment” aggregator inspired by all the chatter about Twitter.

Here’s how it works:

1. They find people who tweet amazing links

2. They grab those links and categorize them by contributor

3. They share them with you and measure their popularity

As a start, they created categories that fall into the field of digital communications – things like strategy and design. Their plan is to broaden these over time, maybe delving into pop culture, food or humor.

Qapture was created by Big Spaceship.

One to watch.

Honda Internavi Realization

Sleek new website from Honda Japan that visualises the data from INTERNAVI. Honda’s in-car navigation system.

http://www.honda.co.jp/internavi/realization

Take a look at Drive Lapse in fullscreen mode.

I’ve got the screensaver installed.

Cool.

http://www.honda.co.jp/internavi/realization/blogparts/blogparts.swf

Datamoshing. Do Not Adjust Your Set

I’ve seen this a few times in my life. Usually when Quicktime freaks out. But it’s never looked this good.

A few artists have manipulated algorithms and data before to create unique pieces. Now directors Ray Tintori and Nabil are bringing datamoshing to the MTV generation with these very cool music videos.

Chairlift – Evident Utensil

Kanye West (Feat. Kid Cudi) – Welcome To Heartbreak

Motionographer have written a in-depth article about datamoshing. It’s a great read so take some time to check it out.

Your Personal Annual Report

More niceness from Dopplr:

“We’ve generated what we call the Personal Annual Report for all our users. It’s a unique-to-you PDF of data, visualisations and factoids about your travel in 2008, that we’re delivering over the next week via email to every Dopplr user who travelled in 2008.

To give you an example, we thought we’d show you the Personal Annual Report of someone who’s had a very busy 2008 – President Elect Barack Obama.”

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If you’re a frequent traveler who hasn’t tried Dopplr yet, make 2009 the year to give it a go.

http://www.dopplr.com/