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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/

Ogmento

Ogmento is a very interesting iPhone game. Combining Augmented Reality with locative and pervasive gaming elements, Ogmento looks to be, technically at least, at the forefont of what’s possible. http://ogmento.com/apps/60

songline

Named after the Aboriginal culture of creating songs for specific walks, songline is a tool that comes close to the tool I’m looking for. The project could really use some love from a user interface designer to make it more useable and sexy though. It’s even hard to just read the menu. http://songline.nl/

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...

The BAG

In Holland there is a new system that standardises all addresses. It’s called the BAG. It’s a problem that is very similar to the problems that location based services like Facebook and Foursquare have: they are all independantly creating a database of places in the world. Restaurants, homes, workplaces.. any place where we check in...