Layar: Augmented reality through mobiles in Amsterdam

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

Review of participatory mapping by IFAD

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

Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

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