January 2004 Archives

Tag and Scan

A friend points me out to Tag and Scan:

"Tag and Scan is another location based service, somewhat similar to Urban Tapestries and Dodgeball. With Tag and Scan, users can tag geographic places (in London) with pictures and text for other users to find when they do a scan of that area. The application can be downloaded and installed on any Java capable mobile, and users buy credits to spend on tagging and scanning"
[by: cool hunting]

Very interesting stuff although I don't understand why you'd need java capable mobiles for something like this (or is it that by java they mean able to render at least a subset of html?). We've thought about building something similar with Dan which could use simply html forms. Allmost any cellphone available today in japan can handle that. Now the tough part is at least in Tokyo, you can't just simply give out a tagged address to someone. The city itself is such a mess that 99% of the times you navigate the city with maps or step by step instructions on how to get where.

So for such a system to be fully effective here, it should probably be linked up with something like AU's ez naviwalk, a service that basically puts a GPS car navigation system into your phone - not only it points out the direction to where you are going, but data get's refreshed in realtime, as you walk, so you can even have your phone in your pocket, and it will ring to alert you where and when you have to make a right turn for example.

Personally I don't only want to be able to virtually tag places with information, but I think the most exiting part comes when you go beyond that, and start building information infrastructures, virtuall installations, digital architecture - transArchitecture -

By the way, I'm still more than interested in building this, so if there's any soul out there who'd like to sponsor such a project, please drop me a line! [ mail at marcosweskamp dot com ] :-)

Visualizing Mailing Lists Communities


I was always intrigued by how are the dynamics of mailing lists, who are the moderators, which are the persons that everyone listens to, which are the main central themes of them, how do they organize themselves.

I've had this idea floating around for a while, and it wasn't until these holidays that I could give it a shot.

social circles

Data to visualize flows in in near realtime, that is to say these are almost *live* snapshots of the current status of these mailing lists. Currently I'm visualizing the mailing lists I'm subscribed to. If anyone has other ideas on lists that you'd like to see, drop me a line.

Also, we are working with Dan in a version that will allow you to directly visualize your own inbox, which hopefully we'll have up pretty soon.

Idea, Design, Frontend & Backend coding: me.
Backend coding: Dan.