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Times Higher

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Small but perfectly formed piece in todays Times Higher Supplement

I do wish they would cite the whole team, but all news is good for WTT

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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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Another workshop and demo

The project was presented at this conference:

http://www.fieldworkconference.net/

last week, and an iPhone was available for loan from Inspace (The University’s very cool digital gallery)

the project was on show and delegates of the conference walked the vicinity around the gallery. Plus we reflected upon one of the walks with the aid of a data projector, and i used my macbook to record it - but its pretty awful…

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YouTube Edit 1.0

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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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Talk of Deloreans and TagClouds

As we got our demo working our next phase is to move onto actually making it do something.  So after some sessions with Chris and Karlyn, Petra and I went away and attempted to come up with something useful which would describe some of the processes and screens in a meaningful way.  After some furious white-boarding, scribbling, crossing out, revising and chatting we managed to get a fairly workable model and a clear set of tasks/functions.

I used balsamiq mockups to create some fairly loose demo screens, which is a great prototyping tool as it has iphone templates making it easy to frame everything in a mobile context.

Here are some of the results.  Describing the starting points and what happens when the user goes back in time

After talking about some of these things we started to discuss how to represent time as a navigation item in the system.  Petra and I had originally proposed the size of the marker being how far back or forward in time the object is located.  Allowing the user to shift between maps and map sets without having to fully understand the datasets available to them.  Karlyn and Chris expanded on this by looking at it a different way and using the title of the landmark as a kind of visual “Tag Cloud”, and perhaps using the number of comments a landmark gets to influence the size of the text - removing the time element but creating an interesting social/folksonmy element. This style also lends itself to using tagging etc to create different perspectives on the data.

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User Experience notes

Ok so a stab at describing the user experience based upon todays meeting.picture-4

Click here for the pdf

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Phone Mock up

Might it, just might it look like this?!!!

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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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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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