August 19, 2003
Memory Was Supposed to be Invisible


Cornell's University's geeplog -- "Like ghosts in midair, such remarks surfaced whenever the palmtop, equipped with a small Global Positioning System unit, was carried to any of the spots where they were written a year or two ago."

Like photography and film , context-aware devices are being independently invented all over the place. This is nice, since they are all about context to begin with. Beyond the Cornell experiment and the headmap folk blogged earlier, there is the developing Urban Tapestries project (which may be clearer in its execution than in its explanation) and the Invisible Ideas demo developed by Smart Worlds.

I want specific geeplogs developed for New York City. A context-aware mobile index of first kisses, for example, or alerts for long-lost items of purely sentimental value. An expanding, permanent, universal missing house, except that now the houses don't have to be missing. Digital counter-monuments. I want Shimon Attie but in walkman form, know what I'm saying?

Posted by kevin slavin at August 19, 2003 01:39 PM

related to an idea I had a long time ago: take a big map of manhattan/NYC. Add map pins for every building I've visited; every building I've slept in; every building I've lived in.

a short jump to pink map pins for kisses & etc.

gray pins for public scenes

red pins for bicycle accidents.

Posted by: dbrown on August 19, 2003 03:11 PM

Green pins for dwellings you've coveted.

Posted by: Kio on August 19, 2003 03:28 PM

clear pins for every building you've fled or been thrown out from.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on August 19, 2003 03:43 PM

amber colored pins for every bar or restaurant I've walked into for 2 seconds and then decided was too awful or crowded or smelled bad, and fled. Or does that count as a clear pin?

Posted by: dbrown on August 19, 2003 05:53 PM
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