As a case in point ....
If computers (in the form of PDAs, PIM organizers,... ) are carried around
by their users and if the location of the user can be determined, then the
computer may offer information that is specifically linked to the location
of the user. Linking physical space and a related information space and
letting the user navigate the information space by moving around in physical
space will provide an enriched experience of both. Highly adaptive "guided
tours" through a museum, a trade exhibition or even parts of a city are
attractive pilot applications for this kind of information system.
Information in Places
Worldboard.org and Information-In-Place.com
UC Berkeley's PicoRadio Project: Self-Configuring Wireless Sensor Networks
Supporting Integrated Science Learning with Pocket Computers
Electronic Notebook for Web-based Integrated Scientific Fieldwork
Paul Fernhout wrote:
> I'd love to make a souped up version of this for OHS/DKR use:
> (Read about in May 2000 Popular Mechanics)
> "Cybiko Introduces First Handheld Internet Wireless Entertainment System
> At Toy Fair 2000"
> US $149.00
> The Cybiko system combines instant messaging, interactive gaming, email
> personal information manager (PIM) capabilities in an all-in-one device.
> ... Available in four translucent colors, Cybiko has a full QWERTY
> keyboard to compose messages, LCD display, .5 MB memory (expandable to
> 16MB), a high frequency transmitter and Vibration Alert feature. The
> unit measures 4.8 x 2.8-inches and weighs under
> four ounces making it light, thin and small enough to carry in a book
> bag, purse or shirt pocket. ... With Cybiko, kids and teens can
> communicate instantly with others within a radius of 150 to 300 feet,
> depending on the environment, creating
> their very own virtual community.
> Imagine what we could have for $1000 by the end of this year by
> integrating technology that already exists:
> Develop a beefed up version supporting a distributed file system like
> Using technology like this 6GB in 14 ounces $500 portable audio
> And a two mile radio range:
> Maybe with a next generation StrongARM 600Mhz processor:
> Like a faster version of:
> Running Squeak (and maybe Linux) as an open source OS/Development
> Using Bootstrap OHS/DKR type ideas for the interface...
> Powered by solar energy and/or Baygen radio windup technology and/or
> fuel cells.
> And with a digital camera for fun and creation of educational how-to
> (And on the spot news reporting...)
> And remember that in five years this entire thing will cost US$100 each.
> As an alternative, this could be a set of HandSpring modules instead:
> Consider a couple of these souped up devices given to each village in
> Africa. Anyone with $1 billion for true development aid to 500,000
> African villages? (This is just the cost of one unfinished dam or one
> shut down nuclear plant.)
> Consider millions of these devices airdropped into Iraq and Yugoslavia
> -- instead of more expensive cruise missiles! Anybody got $1 billion to
> spend on ensuring democracy with a true defense against tyranny in those
> places? (This is probably what the U.S. military's spends on gas/oil for
> a month cruising the area...)
> This is like a system I wanted to develop and deploy pre-Y2K just in
> But it still has much value in preparing for any potential (natural,
> political, economic, biological) disaster, as well as aiding the
> development of democracy.
> It's somewhat like the wearable crystsls described in The Skills of
> Xanadu" by Theodore Sturgeon (available in his book The Golden Helix),
> although the one thing it lacks is easy self-repliaction...
> Developing and then deploying this sort of device is the sort of thing
> the UN or a major foundation should fund (if they were on the ball).
> But luckily, there is hope from toymakers!
> -Paul Fernhout
> Kurtz-Fernhout Software
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