Authoring in the Wireless City
The Urban Tapestries software platform allows people to author their own virtual annotations of the city, enabling a community’s collective memory to grow organically, allowing ordinary citizens to embed social knowledge in the new wireless landscape of the city. People can add new locations, location content and the ‘threads’ which link individual locations to local contexts, which are accessed via handheld devices such as PDAs and mobile phones.
Urban Tapestries seeks to understand why people would use emerging pervasive technologies, what they could do with them and how we can make this possible. It seeks to enable people as their own authors and agents, not merely as consumers of content provided to them by telecoms and media corporations. The project centres on a fundamental human desire to ‘map’ and 'mark’ territory as part of belonging and of feeling a sense of ownership of our environment.
Proboscis has run two trials of our prototypes: a 4 week field trial of the mobile phone prototype across central London (June 2004); and a public trial of the initial prototype in the Bloomsbury district of London (December 2003). Participant feedback, evaluation and a discussion forum can all be found on the project weblog.
2004 we released RSS
Feeds for the system allowing people to subscribe to content created
by individual authors, threads, as well as to create their own custom
feed within a radius (100m, 500m, 1km or 5km) or a geographic place of
their choosing (within the area covered by our trials). Proboscis has
also released a Flash
Web Browser (requires registration)
providing a graphical interface to the system.
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