The Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series, published by the Architectural League of New York, explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism: How are our experiences of the city and the choices we make in it affected by mobile communications, pervasive media, ambient informatics, and other “situated’ technologies? How will the ability to design increasingly responsive environments alter the ways we conceive of space?
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Technology Review explains how aerial photos and satellite images are combined to create one of the most useful tools on the Internet, Google Earth. The magazine interviewed engineers at Google and at DigitalGlobe, the company that supplies Google’s satellite photos, and did a little bit of reverse-engineering to figure out how it works.
Google’s Mountain View Wifi network is one year old. The network has 400+ mesh routers, covers 31 square kilometers (12 square miles) and 25,000 homes. Google has released interesting statistics on how many people are using it, traffic growth, percentage of use, etc.:
Adam Greenfield’ s & Kevin Slavin’ s class on Urban Computing at New York University’ s Interactive Telecommunication Program investigates both the urban architectonic and the nature of metropolitan experience as they evolve under the condition of ambient informatics.
Winners of the second annual Wireless Communities Best Practices Awards were announced by the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i). The awards pay tribute to local governments and supporting organizations implementing broadband-wireless solutions for cities, counties and regions.
The 25 most digitally–advanced state governments in U.S.A. have been identified by the Center for Digital Government. The Digital States Survey, conducted by the Center, is a comprehensive study that examines best practices, policies and progress made by state governments in their use of digital technologies to better serve their citizens and streamline operations.
In one of the latest moves of Microsoft, which apparently targets to even more potential audience, designs a new WiFi pilot project to push MSN content and services to wireless users – and to generate advertising revenue.