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are some of our ideas for prototypes we are planning to develop:
Urban Tapestries Network
To enable the sharing of the accumulated knowledge of so many different servers, Proboscis would develop an indexing system. Client devices would send location requests to a UT Index Server which would pass the client device's request on to those servers with threads and pockets that are within a certain radius of the coordinates. Individual servers would interpret the permissions and preferences of the client device and return matching information.
Tapestries MeshBox Servers
& Lo-Tech Location Positioning
Almost all of the techniques and technologies suggested below do not rely on users being tracked or on giving their position to third parties, thus each has significant advantages in terms of privacy issues.
instance, instead of a URL, a semacode
or a bango
spot could contain longitude/latitude coordinates (or postcodes or
even a street address). With a simple script on a webpage to create the
image anyone (such as local shopkeepers) could print off a location code
and paste it up in their window. People with the relevant reader on their
camera-phone could then capture the location just by pointing and clicking.
Given the increasing interest in collaborative cartography and location
positioning it is not hard to imagine scenarios where people might deliberately
capture the log/lat coordinates of architectural features such as street
furniture (phone boxes, post boxes, benches, bus stops etc) and attach
such location codes as stickers. Cheap, easy and with great potential
for social benefit.
simple location determining solutions could also be used, such as Placelab
These take advantage of the existing properties and capabilities of WiFi
and Bluetooth radio technologies for location sensing. As location databases
of WiFi base stations are created and maintained by local users and enthusiasts,
it becomes possible to use the existing and ad hoc infrastructures that
make up our everyday environment for additional creative misuse.
Looking farther ahead, it may eventually become cost-effective for near field radio technologies such as RFID and Bluetooth beacons to be used for similar purposes – perhaps broadcasting the longitude/latitude coordinates, postcode or street address of a particular location. However it is likely to be some time before simple programmable versions of these technologies reach the hands of ordinary people and the relevant hardware is incorporated into everyday devices.
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