Layar is one of the most visually impressive and powerful applications I have seen to date using a mobile. As noted on Download Squad, "Layar uses the camera and location-based services of your mobile device -- Android devices only, so far -- and overlays information on the camera image. This is flying-car level tech, the … Continue reading Layar: Augmented reality through mobiles in Amsterdam
An excellent new report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) looks at GIS and participatory mapping techniques that in places like Ghana have been used for conflict resolution as well. Participatory mapping is multidisciplinary. What makes it significantly different from traditional cartography and map-making is the process by which the maps are created and … Continue reading Review of participatory mapping by IFAD
At the time I last wrote about the potential of location aware web / mobile mashups and services, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence disallowed the sale of GPS enabled mobile phones. That seems to have changed in the past month. Airtel and Dialog both sport the Blackberry Bold, which has in built GPS, and Dialog's … Continue reading Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles
Google Maps (on the PC or on mobiles) is not that useful in Sri Lanka, but I was in Copenhagen this week and using it on my Blackberry I was able to locate my hotel as I was walking along. The street level detail is quite amazing and coupled with the Blackberry 8310's GPS, the … Continue reading The new Google Maps for mobile
I've been working on Google Maps (GM) quite a bit lately to map incidents and trends related to humanitarian access, election violence and human rights. It's exciting to note that Google has now released a Google Earth (GE) plug-in for browsers that allows for a richer, 3D experience provided you have the bandwidth to spare. … Continue reading Google Earth in the browser. So what?