Thanks (again) to Peter Batty for a very cool tip (actually he has many of them!) This one is a little odd and fun as Peter provided a pointer on his blog to a company that produced a decorative wooden topo representation of Vancouver – this was a gift to peter for keynoting the recent Safe Software FME user conference. Imagine being able to select an area of interest using a Google maps app, then viewing the region as a 3d elevation surface, then having that area carved (in 3D) asa a custom, wooden, decorative bowl! The company, FluidForms, can custom create a wooden decoration that represents, in 3D, any area that you want. You can custom order your Fluid Earth Strip Bowl online by specifying a location (using a Google Map), then adjust/fine tune your location, then order. Quite impressive. The final product is quite amazing and be sure while your there to check out the Java applet that enables you to view your “bowl” in 3D – it’s awesome! A standard size Blow is roughly 300x300x65mm although custom sizes can be ordered. Thanks for the tip Peter, I’m sure the bowl will look great in your office! You can custom order your or simply test the bowl app online. FYI, this tip was discovered while reading Peter’s very lengthy and interesting summary of his 2 days at the FME user conference.
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Heads up, another cool, local search utility has hit the web – enter OutAlot. This clever Google map mashup is currently only providing information in New York (hopefully more places will be added soon). Use the app to search and locate food, movies, bars in the big apple. To test it I search for Food, then I was provided a lengthy list of food types (Indian, Italian, Dim sum etc…). I enter Indian and a lengthy list of relevant hits are displayed in a table and on the map. Click the icon and get more details of the selection. Users are invited to join so they can add places, comments, Bookmark favorite places, and add reviews… very nice. Kudos to the team for producing a very professional local search/mashup application.
FYI, Outalot is also available via most popular mobile devices (even iPhone, Nokia smartphones, etc…) simply point your mobile browser to outalot.com or wap.outalot.com. This cool local search utility comes to us from Seed Wireless, a startup company founded in 2007 and based in Brooklyn, NY.