Google,? at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston, showed an example of its own “search mashup” data visualization:? a spinning globe on which searches on Google are displayed in real-time as slowly rising dots in reference to their location and color-coded according to language. The idea is seductively simple in that it revealed the individual thoughts, motivations, or desires of the people using Google Search, and also persuasively demonstrated that some parts of the United States are already effectively bilingual.
A new technology allows an ad-wrapped bus to change its ads as it changes its location. Now in test in London, the system automates message delivery in response to GPS location. For example, an ad for a fitness center in Marble Arch will appear when entering that neighborhood and in Charing Cross: "Discover a restaurant in Charing Cross."
Conflux, the NYC-based conference and collective on the topic of psychogeography, will take place in NY on September 14-17, 2006.
Another MIT Media Lab project gives us The IBand — a wearable computer-in-a-bracelet capable of exchanging contact data and?biographical information during a handshake. Described as a way to “manage your relationships”,? the LED display integrated into the device tracks the number of hands shaken, displays personal images, and exchanges and stores contact information.? The device contains several LED lights, a flat battery, circuit board,??and an infrared (IR) transceiver.
Webbrain.com offers search visualization that?permits users to “explore a dynamic picture of related information, instead of searching through long lists of text.”
This kind of search is conceptual,?? with the main topic relevant to the search query appearing in the center of the diagram, and any related topics in a branch formation around it.?? For people who are more “Visual” or conceptual in their thinking patterns,? this could be a far superior kind of search output.?? Google,? as everyone knows by now,? caters to a more linear or heirarchical, thinker.
For months the announcements of new mashups have been coming fast and furious. Earlier this year there were only a few hundred mashups… then a few thousand… and every day there are more. It reminds me of 1994-1995 all over again, when new websites were being added to Netscape every day and announced in such places as "best of the net.." Soon the sites tracking new mashups won’t be able to keep up. But they are an amazing and quite useful (sometimes) phenomena. My favorite from today’s roundup… "Real EstateFU" which visualizes on a helpful map which locations in the San Francisco Bay Area are suffering from housing bubble implosion.