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News of the World!

newspaperWalking Through Time was featured as a full page news story in the Scottish national newspaper The Sunday Herald. On page 5 too!

check out the online version here:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/latest-iphone-app-lets-users-satnav-through-time-1.995767

it seems to have captured the publics imagination.

Published on 3 Jan 2010

“Time travelling used to be an expensive, clumsy business.

According to TV shows and films such as Dr Who and Back To The Future, would-be explorers of the fourth dimension need at least 1.21 gigawatts or a large blue police box to get anywhere. But a new iPhone application developed in Scotland could simplify the whole process.

Walking Through Time is a new app created by academics at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). It applies the satnav technology used by Google Earth, but instead of pinpointing where the user is on a current map, it shows where they would have stood two centuries ago.”

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The App!

Ok so this is it, the project ended 4 weeks ago, but we’ve been fiddling with it ever since.

Its a very cool product and has opened up many possibilities in terms of research, innovation and possible industrial links.

This is the link:

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TBC - having to make a last minute adjustment - sorry Chris
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you will need a password, and if you’re part of an HE organisation just email me and i’ll let you in:

c.speed@eca.ac.uk

The reason that its protected to HE organisations is simply the mapping licenses, but this may change over time if the Prime Minister keeps his word!

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Cross Platform?

One of our goals was to try and produce something which worked cross platform.  We recognised this was a bit of a steep call but our lofty goals haven’t stopped us this far.  As a lot of our earlier work was focused on exploring navigation techniques and ideas we got a little swept up in iPhone mania (I blame Chris personally) but worry not…

android Video

I gave it a spin in the android simulator and well … it works …

Kind of, a lot of the functionality which we are relying on api’s for doesn’t seem to work in the emulator but what does work is the very basics of the application - which is really, really encouraging

Please excuse the crudely put together flash video but I was so excited that I a) got the emulator to work and b) the application worked, I felt a need to share…

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One Small Step…

One small step for the Team. On Friday we managed to get our first image rendered locked to our position  - well in truth after a little bit of fiddling around, we got it.
This was done using Javascript to get the position and then a call to the map server and out came an image which was pretty close to where we were using an iPod Touch but it should work with most platforms that support the Javascript.

We are currently exploring some of the techniques and methods we can use to try and navigate within the map and the phyisical space.

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Community Mapping

An interesting article about all things community mapping and even the use of pigeons.

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Geolocation

Getting Started is always the hard part.  We have been very fortunate with our timing this week.   Firefox 3.5 has just been released and it supports GeoLocation javascript objects.  This is our first point of call for trying to create something truly cross platform.  This is also supported by the iPhone and other mobile platforms

http://en-gb.www.mozilla.com/en-GB/firefox/geolocation/ - firefox implmentation

http://blog.bemoko.com/2009/06/17/iphone-30-geolocation-javascript-api/ - nice Iphone demo

I did a few tests with this and it looks really promising.

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Nokia experimental indoors locator service

GPS is all well and good but is useless indoors and in sight obscured landscapes like ravines or dense urban enviornments its nigh on impossioble to get a decent signal. So, this non- GPS location service from Nokia is very intersting and may point (pun intended) the way towards a truly ubiquitous location aware smartphone of the  future..

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First iPhone App

Hi guyscomob150pxcol

this is a workshop i’m giving with Jen Southern at FutureSonic next week…

http://www.socialtechsummit.org/jenSouthernAndChrisSpeed

it uses a small iPhone App coded by Jochen from Informatics…

http://www.comob.org.uk

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GPS and APRS

Stumbled across this interesting post as an alternative to using smart phones.  Using radio networks rather than phones to relay GPS information, it’s like a CB version of twitter.

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Hear Planet for iPhone

This is kinda fun for the iPhone - its plays wikipedia citations according to the geo-location information.

Obviously many of these are historical.

http://www.tuaw.com/tag/geolocation/

I’ll install on my iphone and feedback after wandering the streets of edinburgh!

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