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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Guardian is spearheaing a mapping project, worldwide to map ghost bikes. Ghost bikes commemorate a lost cyclist. The project is Flickr based and will use the geocoded images to create the map.

- The Guardian

Eight months after a tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Japan, ordinary people are using new technology and the power of crowdsourcing to find radiation hotspots. 

- PBS Newshour

It turns out zebra patterns are unique for each zebra...so

that makes it possible to be scanned like a bar code.  McDermott reports that scientists and citizen scientists can use an app called Stripe Spotter created by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Princeton University to upload the zebra’s identity into a database. 

 - Very Spatial

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 05:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
Currently offered for NYC only, but coming to 100 US cities soon, Poorsquare takes Foursquare's location and deals database and reveals the best offers by location. You can filter by free only, free with purchase, or all discounts.
 
Clingle is a new location-based social network that wants to enhance conversations as you check in to places throughout the day....[it] allows people to leave multimedia messages (text, video or audio) for a specific user or group of users when they check in to different places, which can grow into full-length conversations. Users can also leave messages for others to discover, regardless of their location — sort of like Foursquare’s Tips feature.
 
Nope, not compelling for me.
 
 
Among the "outlandish" app that may be in development at Google's X Labs, per the NY Times, is a self driving data collecting, advertising focused car:
Google is apparently considering manufacturing the self-driving cars in the US, making cash by selling location-based advertising for nearby stores and restaurants. Domestic-scale versions could find roles in homes and offices, meanwhile, and would likely be easier for Google to get through safety testing.
 
Crowded Room launches an app where you checkin where you "might" go.
Crowded Room is introducing the idea of the ‘Might Go,’ a casual pre-check-in action that suggests where people might be interested in going that night, something that can create connections to friends and strangers based on shared places and interests.
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 04:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Appreciating the Geographic Information System (GIS) of urban unit of Planning and Development Department for collecting data regarding dengue and other necessary information, he [Chief Minister Punjab, Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif ] directed the Chief Secretary that the scope of this system be extended to the whole province.

An essay contest for youth on the ways to spread awareness about the disease is planned.

- Business Recorder

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded a $16 million U54 cooperative agreement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a global center of excellence to address the childhood obesity epidemic. The new Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity will emphasize the integration of geospatial analysis with a systems science and transdisciplinary approach to childhood obesity, bringing together basic science, epidemiology, nutrition, medicine, engineering and environmental and social policy research, among other fields, in an unprecedented, innovative way.

- press release

Home health montioring is growing. GeoNovo is readying a new system that tracks and monitors and sends data indoors and out.

The range of RSP-2xx devices will meet all the requirements of healthcare users through an unrivalled combination of technology and firmware functionality including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3D accelerometer for fall detection and motion sensing and a large colour screen. It will also achieve a ‘first’ for a product of this type in that it will be able to provide indoor tracking to complement its excellent outdoor GPS performance.

Working both within and outside the home, the RSP-200 will automatically chose the best communications option and provide unrivalled telecare and personal protection monitoring as well as connectivity to, and data capture from, home telehealth systems.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 04:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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