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                              News and Views

Hypertags, Ibuttons, Geovectors, Livemaps
July 23, 2003
/Mike Liebhold

While Steve Wozniak was all over the news this week showing off  his new GPS tags for kids, dogs, and mobile objects, similar projects are underway elsewhere. Recently Wired published a related story about how infrared HyperTags are being used in London for adverts.  And, my cousin  and  Research Entomologist, Sandy Liebhold,  this pointer

" Among the coolest gizmos I've seen lately is the  ibutton. These are ruggedized devices that can do a bunch of things, but for my research the coolest version is one that monitors temperature on a periodic basis and only costs ~$10<br>in quantities..."

Joint US/Kiwi venture Geovector has developed related  object recognition capabilities allowing users to launch links by simply pointing their mobile phones, or PDAs using an array of patented technologies

" These inventions and patents exploit several existing technologies such as GPS, electro-optic devices, microprocessors, digital signal processors, and motion and heading sensors. This suite of intellectual properties supports the delivery of proximity-enhanced data, through pointing access methods," image annotation, positioning methods, latency reduction and others."

And finally, a Portuguese game design company: ydreams is making  a new SMS game by geolocating mobile phone towers:

" you've got to find your target by Scanning.  A scan returns a relative locational fix on fellow Agents as well as Terrorists.  Depending on your rank, you can scan from 2 km in diameter to 1500km.  These are real kilometers, so if your range is small, moving around the city will reveal more players (YDreams  does their location by Cell-Tower ID). "Our focus on the game was to make  it global.  I hope that the scanning feature can one day reach Japan" said  Ricardo Andrade of YDreams."

They're using something called livemap tech ( with inside help, It looks like,  from carriers.)    




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