Your cellphone knows where you’ve been. And new research shows it can take a pretty good guess at where you’re going next.
A team of British researchers has developed an algorithm that uses tracking data on people’s phones to predict where they’ll be in 24 hours. The average error: just 20 meters. (via Cellphone tracking: What happens when our smartphones can predict our every move?)
Dabble lets users collect and share ‘experiences’ and attach them to places by pinning virtual ‘postcards’ on a map. The idea behind the app is that people will use their smartphones to create a virtual layer over the world filled with geo-tagged pictures and content that can be useful to others.
The company was founded by former Googler and ex-Twitter VP of Business Operations Santosh Jayaram, along with serial entrepreneur Antonio Altamirano (Sun Microsystems, AKQA, Tangelo) (via Former Twitter VP Launches Dabble, A Photo Journal App)
You’re in a helicopter flying over a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested wasteland, heading towards a small outpost of survivors known as Abel Township. Your mission is top secret. All of a sudden, a figure appears out of the woods toting a rocket launcher and shoots your aircraft down. You survive the crash, but hordes of undead are closing in on you from all sides, eager to taste your flesh. There’s only one option: you’ve got to run. Run for your life.
This might sound like the opening sequence of the latest George A. Romero flick, or possibly even the start of some zombie shoot ‘em up game, but it’s actually the opening of a new iPhone sports app designed to help you run faster and for longer. The principle is simple: convince yourself you’re being chased by zombies, gain a quick adrenalin boost, run faster.
Zombies, Run! is primarily an immersive audio experience. You pop in your headphones, open the app on your iPhone and go for a run. While running, you listen to an intricate story written by award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman, detailing your adventures trying to escape the marauding zombie hordes which now dominate the landscape. Those adventures, perhaps unsurprisingly, invariably involve your character running from danger. While fleeing the undead, you collect items, such as medical kits, military equipment and food supplies, which - in classic strategy-game style - can be used to help build your base. This is all great fun, but what really makes this app stand out is its innovative use of the iPhone’s GPS tracking system. While you’re out running, your progress is monitored and the sound of the undead groaning in pursuit is played through your headphones. As the zombies get closer, the sound gets louder and the groans become ever more chilling. You have to run faster to escape. (via CultureLab: Run faster – zombies are chasing you)
We built BikeRide, a community based cycling iPhone app & website for RaboDirect. The idea is to bring together cyclists into a community where they can easily share their favourtie rides.
Users download the app, sign up and can start recording their own rides to share with the community straight away, or find rides that start nearby.
As users ride courses they get achievements, including the coveted yellow jersey for holding the fastest time on the course. There are also global achievements for holding the most of a certain achievements, such as king of the hill for riding the most extreme rides. (via BikeRide Crowd Sourced Cycling App | Judson Steel)
Google’s spicing up the competition in its location-based check-in service, and taking Foursquare head on.
Google has quietly added a points system and Leaderboard feature to Latitude, which ties in to Google Maps and Google +.
The service will be available on Google’s Android operating system first, and while the update hasn’t yet rolled out to all Google Map users, some already see it in the updated version. No word yet as to whether it will be heading to the iPhone or iPad.
The service is a move by Google to better integrate its Google+ social network with Maps, giving it some steam to take on already popular services like Foursquare, Facebook and Path. Foursquare in particular has a similar competitive element, including a point system. (via Google Latitude Leaderboards Takes Direct Aim at Foursquare - ABC News)
Google is working on a set of heads-up display glasses that will deliver information to the wearer in real-time.
Google employees told the Times that the Google goggles are set to go on sale by the end of the year, and they’re expected to cost “about as much as a current smartphone.”
The glasses will feature a small screen positioned a few inches from the wearer’s eye, and they’ll be equipped with GPS and motion sensors. (via Google Augmented Reality Glasses Update of the Day - TDW Geeks)