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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Actually, mashups are part of a college course called Invisible Cities, a first year course at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The class’ website offers up “different ways to see the city” and the students behind it"hope the information in the mash-ups will be useful to Hartford residents, empowering them by making their city more visible.”

So, was this course taught by geographers? Nope! “The Invisible Cities course is being led by Dan Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Rachael Barlow, Social Science Data Coordinator and Caroline Milano, TA, with the assistance of David Tatem, Academic Computing Specialist.”

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/25 at 07:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a short product overview of the pricy Pioneer’s AVIC-Z1 in the New York Times a feature I’d not run into before is offered: the ability to learn the drivers shortcuts. Interestingly, the system also builds a library of music/video from the CD/DVDs/MP3 you play in the car. I guess learning short cuts for the drive is in the same family of “copying.”

My initial thought: If I know the shortcut why would I need to tell it to the nav system? My response to myself: Well, if someone else used the car, they could take advantage of it. My second response: Gee what if we could upload and share those shortcuts and maybe have an algorithm evaluate them to see which best saved time, turns, red lights. etc. Ok, maybe I’m dreaming…

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/25 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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