Socio-locational disconnection

I’ve been tremendously enjoying the stuff Jan Chipchase writes on his blog both current and digging deep into his archives. A dream job if ever there was one.

His current piece is especially pertinent as the iPhone 3G release with builtin GPS and accompanied unlimited data plans will herald the location based revolution. Many of my friends say that they do not want to broadcast where they are and know where their friends are most of the time. That they would rather get together using premediated consensual communication.

I think in user research you have to adopt the same maxim that everybody lies maybe unknowingly or unwillingly. It remains to be seen how many people will not succumb to the temptation of total information. Broadcasting your location, but even more attractive knowing where your loved ones are at any given moment. The same initial reaction to mobile telephony didn’t prevent everybody I know from getting a mobile phone.

What this will do to the mystery of travel and unknown locations is a whole different question asked by Babak. I think unequality in economic, communications and political circumstances will always keep parts of the world shrouded in mystery.

Workshop session on geodata visualization

Yesterday we had an afternoon of workshops in an unconference style event at the office. A full registration of the event with video and slides will be published during the course of this weekend, but unfortunately most of it will be in Dutch.

I did a hands on workshop of a small datavisualization project I did this week and I registered myself on video using Screenflow. The video (in Dutch) is below:


Geografische Datavisualisatie from Alper Çugun on Vimeo.

And the result:
Public Transportation Travel Times

I did not make a keynote instead opting to the more hands on presentation of narrated browser tabs interspersed with live demoes and code samples.

Here’s a list of the tabs I’ve used during the presentation.

Introduction

Using the iPhone to Mine for Gold & Sense

City Sense

PolicyMap

Data gathering

Travel-time Maps and their Uses

Travel-time and house price maps

mySociety Travel Time and House Price Maps

Wikipedia — Postcode

Postcode map (one digit)

Google Maps

OV9292

Mechanize

GeoNames, query, webservice

Simple visualization

Processing

ArcGIS Desktop

Open Source GIS

Wikipedia — GIS

Google Earth

KML Reference

Adobe Kuler

Wikipedia — HSL and HSV

Google Maps — Retranchement

ANWB

Funda

Apple’s new iPhone

Today was a day of many happy occasions. The Dutch national soccer team utterly crushed the reigning world champion 3-0. And Steve Jobs held his annual WWDC address announcing a 3G iPhone for the masses.

Apple
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“Twice as fast. Half the price.” Hell yeah. I will be getting me one. It’s been some two years since T-Mobile shafted me and I can’t exactly say that the other telcos in the Netherlands are worth a damn. Might as well go back for 2 years of servitude.

July 11th it is and no official price yet, but I will be queueing at the store.

Arduino Diecimila projectje

Het is al een tijdje geek-chique om te zeggen dat Arduino’s cool zijn en te wensen dat je de tijd had om ermee te spelen. Dat vond ik wat vrijblijvend worden, dus ik heb maar een starters-setje besteld.

Multi LED setup

Het idee is dat dit een simpel uitbreidbaar bord met processor is waar je een programma op kunt laden waarna dat zelfstandig kan draaien en de in- en uitvoer kan aansturen. Je kunt er allerlei dingen op aansluiten en een Arduino kan ook communiceren met andere Arduini of de server.

Wat doe je hier dan mee? Afgelopen week hield Adam Greenfield zijn presentatie op The Web and Beyond over de intelligente stad, en dat is één van de dingen die je hiermee kunt bouwen op kleine schaal. Het voorlopige idee is om op kantoor sensoren en/of displays te maken om de duizenden forensen die per dag passeren op de hoogte te brengen van iets.

Dat zou bijvoorbeeld de vertrektijd van de volgende trein kunnen zijn, of de actuele vervuiling op het moment. Het gaat er een beetje om wat goedkoop meetbaar en wat goedkoop weergeefbaar is.

Wereldverbeteren

Ik heb van mijn tripje naar Londen vorige week de aantekeningen over de eendaagse Geekyoto conferentie geplaatst op Four Starters. Geen vervanging voor de dag zelf, maar veel interessante weetjes en referenties.

Het is in het Engels en ik denk dat ik meer in het Engels ga schrijven, misschien ook op dit blog. Nederland is een te kleine vijver.