I tried to do this in 2007 by getting a hardware GPS logger, and only lasted a week of carrying it around since it was another device to charge, and I had to download the data every night.----- Meeting Notes (2011-05-17 11:54) -----:60
A couple months later, I finally got my first smart phone, and I made sure to choose one that had a GPS chip in it, and there weren’t many options at that point.----- Meeting Notes (2011-05-17 11:54) -----1:20
Now I have been logging GPS positions everywhere I go and have been doing it for the last 3 years.
Here is an example of something more useful. Say you schedule a meeting at 3pm. You think “great, he’ll get to my office right at 3.”
But of course, 15 minutes before the meeting you start wondering if I’ll get there early, or if I’ll be a few minutes late. Do you have time to go next door to get some coffee? Do you have time to finish this phone call?
And if I’m on my way to meet you and get stuck in traffic, I’d want to let you know that I’ll be a few minutes late and not to give up on me! But texting while driving is hard, and sometimes illegal! All these redundant messages could be eliminated if you knew where I was.
So now, before I leave for the meeting, I”ll send you a link to my map where you can watch my trip in real time. Now you don’t need to wonder if I’ve forgotten about the meeting or if I’m only a block away. This is one of the features of our app, Geoloqi.----- Meeting Notes (2011-05-17 11:54) -----3:30
And, you know, this relationship that we share is relatively temporary. I would like you to know exactly where I am right before our meeting, but after our meeting, I’d like my location to be private again. And it’s not even so much of a privacy concern, because really do you want to know where I am after our meeting? You probably just don’t care.4:00Location is particularly sensitive to types of relationships I'd like to share my location with a client if I'm meeting them somewhere, so they can know when I will arrive After our meeting, I absolutely don't want them to access my location This is often true even with friends Friends' location is not always relevant to me, only if I'm meeting up with them or possibly if they are near me
The point is information should be pushed to you instead of having to seek it out. In order to do this, we need to make our computers and systems more aware of our context so they can work for us. One component of this, and the one we’re focusing on, is location. Imagine if this app knows you haven’t eaten in a while, so it suggests some places you might like to eat that are nearby.
We see people experimenting with location and building things like Foursquare. Putting yourself on pause at a social gathering in order to check in on Foursquare is sometimes awkward. We want a more passive system, something that doesn’t require as much interaction to use.----- Meeting Notes (2011-05-17 11:54) -----2:30
For example, automatic checkins. Now you can notify someone if you enter a designated place, such as if you’re on a bridge.
What we’ve been doing in Geoloqi is building up profiles of where people spend time. This, for example, is a list of three places I often visit, and the dates and times of each of my visits. You can see I spent 8 hours at this coffee shop on April 9th, and about 3 hours there on March 27th.
Frankly, I don’t care if my friend in New York is at his neighborhood coffee shop or his local gym, but if he is anywhere in San Francisco, I’d like to know so I can invite him to lunch. There’s a difference between privacy and looking for the signal in the noise.Even if he's comfortable sharing everything publicly, I just don't really need to know about it.
We can use this information to build a unique footprint of the city for each person. Then we can provide recommendations and filter events based on each person’s individual pattern.----- Meeting Notes (2011-05-17 11:54) -----6:00
Example: take restaurant inspection scores, and send an SMS if you’re near a restaurant with a low score.
Explain map attack game at Stanford. While we were there, Mark from Spot Metrix quickly set up a viewer for the game board in his augmented reality view framework!
Webvisions 2011 - Geoloqi - Location as Invisible Interface
Location as Invisible InterfaceWebvisions 2011<br />Amber Case<br />firstname.lastname@example.org@caseorganic<br />Aaron Parecki<br />email@example.com<br />@aaronpk<br />Slides available atslideshare.net/caseorganic<br />
What is an ambient application?<br />Processes occur in the background <br />Data is pushed to the user<br />User input can come in many forms, not just through keyboard input <br />
Information should be pushed to you<br />A robot working for you behind the scenes. <br />The more it knows about you the more it can do for you. <br />
Ambient user input<br />User’s location<br />Time of day <br />Current speed (slow or fast?)<br />Average speed over time (driving vs. walking) <br />Prior actions (clicks, subscriptions<br />User’s friends on another platform<br />