Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Google Maps

Do you like the new Terrain Button in Google maps? See my "where is it?" link at the bottom of this page. I think it looks good, but can't see how useful this will be?

DEM data (Digital Elevation Model) is great for analysing height and aspect of the ground, but without the accuracy and functionality it just looks nice. I can't see a use for it.

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Sunday, 18 November 2007

It's here at last!!!

What I here you ask?

LBS or Location Based Services.

The myth of the G-Phone is revealed as Google's new mobile operating system, namely "Android". The key to this software is found in the application framework, where you will find a Location Manager. This allows developers to produce applications that will take advantage of the users location.

So what does this mean to us? Well, one suggestion from Ed Parsons is maybe an app that can lock your phone if it's not where it is expected to be (Looking at your diary). I'm calling it a phone, but this is just one feature from that little plastic gizmo in your pocket! It's a navigation tool, a diary, alarm, communication device (voice/video/text/email/internet), Media device (audio/video), need I go on? Closer to a triquarter (is that spelt correctly?) than a phone I would say.

So, thinking caps on, how can a device that knows your location help you? Well.... of the top of my head, what about a "find my friends" feature, then call the one nearest you (or sorted by location/distance), or a feature that can find things you need based on your locality (Remember Google's Locality based search feature?). So, you just ask the device to take you to the nearest watch reparers for example. What about a picture taken, that knows where it was taken (we know that geo-referenced photography is available and this could be the simplest route to tha masses). I would love a function where I could view all my photos on Google Earth for example.

Anyway, give me your suggestions, I recon that this could be the start of something great.

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