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Cellphones are robots

Turning the way you look at things upside down can often lead to new fruitful angles of exploration. In this article, cellphones are recontextualised as tracking devices that incidentally also make phonecall. Or as robots that use humans to move around:  

Alice in Wonderland in Berlin

What happens when algorithms go wandering through the streets? These ‘bots’, based on Alice and Wonderland characters, traipse around Berlin (virtually) and check in in places that have something to do with the novel.  

Living in a bubble

A great article by Techcrunch columnist Jon Evens about the the ‘tech bubble‘ as he calls is. We couldn’t agree more.

Beautiful antennas

The National Filmboard of Canade has co-created some wonderful interactive stories, which you can find on their website. To give an example: Holy Mountains, about the need for antennas that integrate with space better.
Docs on the Spot

Docs on the Spot

While it doesn’t seem to use GPS, it’s still great to see a spatialised documentary being made. Especially in Amsterdam. Check it out. Don’t feel like going all the way to Amsterdam to see the videos? Gleam the right codes from here. Or just watch the original documentary it’s based on..

Datavizualisation using Impure

We’ve been looking into datavizualisation a lot recently (although it’s not very wireless art related), and one of the cool tools we found was Impure. It’s a visual programming tool that outputs things like this: a vizualisation of the amount of people living in cities:

Urbanized

This wonderful projects uses chalk to tell inhabitants of buildings how much energy they are using. The directness is a bit scary too: whomever isn’t frugal with energy is spotlighted pretty harshly. Still, interesting. http://collabcubed.com/2011/11/01/the-tidy-street-project/
Creating tours

Creating tours

I was pointed to an open-source tool for creating museum tours a little while back, called Tap Tours. Anything open-source in this field gets my vote, so I thought I’d share: http://code.google.com/p/tap-tours/

Rapid-deployment of mobile services

It’s becoming a lot easier (relatively) to deploy your own GSM system. Both with positive and negative consequences. For example, telecommunications in Libya has been made possible recently through a new network set-up by the rebels. It’s an interesting read. The systems, which fit in a briefcase, are made by  Tecore. I first came accross this...
Shenzen Shanzai

Shenzen Shanzai

Traveling ethnographer David Kousemaker recently updated me about his travels. He had just returned from the Far East with a brand new iPhone.. or so it seemed. It was a fake, but an incredibly good fake. I highly recommend a wonderful blogpost that describes his amazement at the work-shops he found there. He describes what he considers to...
Mobile Storytelling

Mobile Storytelling

Have you ever been on a GPS tour? They can be really boring. Let’s change that. In this workshop we explore the various possibilities that new location-aware smartphones offer. New tools make creating these experiences as easy as drawing on a map! A screenshot of a tool we can use, called Treasuremapper. Contents In this workshop...
Wanderlust

Wanderlust

It’s always fun to discover others who are thinking the same thing. Here, the makers of Wanderlust, a new location-based storytelling tool, explain issues and chances they see for mobile storytelling that remind me of a blogpost I wrote for The Mobile City a while ago.