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Ubiquitous GeoContext

Location: Regency Ballroom Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.59, 17 ratings)

Ever present location awareness (GeoContext) is nearly with us, but it’s going to be so much deeper. Today your phone will dial down the ringtone if it knows you’re at work, but what will tomorrows high-fidelity ubiquitous location bring us? Today we cannot imagine a text box without spell checking or any app without online features, what will we expect from tomorrows location aware – dependent – desktop and cloud?

This talk explores that future and how some of it is clearly here, just not evenly distributed yet. From cameras to phones to gaming devices, nothing will go without location and its profound impacts reach beyond your fridge knowing it’s out of milk. Connected PNDs shed a dim light on this future and a peek at a world where the cars engine knows it’s approaching a hill and the stop light weighs up your offer to pay 50 cents to go through on green in 90 seconds time.

Todays fumbled car pooling is tomorrow automated rideshare marketplace. Todays half price burger cupon is tomorrows mobile burger treasure hunt. Todays swings and roundabouts are tomorrows augmented reality adventure park. It all needs GeoContext and this talk aims to give a deep and sweaping overview of that landscape.

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Steve Coast


Steve Coast is founder of OpenStreetMap and CloudMade and has worked for many years on diverse heavy-lifting computing applications around open systems.

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Frank Williams
05/21/2009 11:10am PDT

I liked this briefing because it fit the theme of the conference better than most. I provided grounded vision of LBS as a services to subscribers. Some of those services will be banal, but so are many hacks. I think he did great job of pointing out how thinks CAN go.

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Mohsin Ali
05/21/2009 6:52am PDT

Loved the editing of osm animation. Openess is definitely the way forward!

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Adam DuVander
05/21/2009 6:28am PDT

You need one of these every year to remind us how far we are from the potential of location-based services. It’s inspiring.