I recall a few years back I used to follow something called the Carnival of the Mobilists… essentially, it was a fun recap of recent items of interests coming out of the mobile industry and bloggers that shared stories related to mobile app development. I was a fan of the format and it was quite fun. I’ve always wanted to revive the format but with a Geospatial twang, so, in my first edition, please find a short recap of some items of interest from the GIS/GeoGeek community. Please note, if these updates persist, I’m wide open to submissions and suggestions to feel free to ping me @gletham to make suggestions.
Archives for December 13, 2011
A new movie promotional effort has been put together for Dreamworks and Microsoft (Bing) for the movie War Horse – the entire project done using AJAX. This from the developers… After months of research into the battlefields of World War One and development of the TimeMap code for the AJAX version of BING maps, we are proud to announce the launch of “The War Horse TimeMap Journey” on MSN USA.
For this project, DreamWorks and Microsoft commissioned Shoothill to create an experience for online users to be able to follow the fictional horse Joey from southern England to the Western Front in France using archive material from World War One. And, we have put together an “edutainment” piece using Bing Maps, Deep Zoom and Azure to tell the fictional story of Joey (the horse) and his owner Albert’s journey from Devon to the trenches of WWI through the use of scans of real trench maps, aerial reconnaissance imagery of the battles, historic imagery of real war horses and Calvary officers from the Dragoon Guards War Diary extracts from the beginning of the war.
The project is built entirely on AJAX and has been optimised for PC, Mac and IPad.
To see the online exhibit please go to: http://movies.msn.com/warhorse/map/
Some recent research takes a look at free photo apps, perhaps one of the most popular form of app for smartphone users. According to CatchFree, which sifts through the responses of tens of thousands of users, the most important uses of free photo sites and applications include: adding effects to photos, creating albums, sharing photos. What the research showed though was that users of different mobile devices expect different functionality. For example, iPhone users prefer to add cool effects to their photos, iPad users prefer to share, and Android users overwhelmingly like to add cool effects, much more so than the iPhone users.
Some additional results from the findings:
48 percent said “adding cool effects to photos” was their most useful activity
28 percent said “sharing photos”
24 percent said “creating photo albums”
58.3 percent said they would be “very disappointed” if they could not use their photo app/service on their iPhone.
70 percent said “adding cool effects to photos” was their most useful feature
13.3 percent said “creating photo albums”
13.3 percent said “sharing photos”
55.2 percent said they would be “very disappointed” if they could not use their photo app/service on their Android Phone.
See more details of the research in this report – Most Users of Free Photo Apps Say Adding Cool Effects is Most Useful
The storm surge affecting the English Channel on the 12-13 December was captured by a tide gauge on the Dart Estuary, Devon. The gauge is operated by oceanographic equipment manufacturer, Valeport. The data was telemetered and disseminated by the on-line publishing system, Port-Log.net (see image). The storm surge increased high waters levels to up to 0.8m and low water levels by a massive 1.8m. The surge and combined rainfall caused the Environment Agency to issue flood warnings for the area.
For more information please visit www.valeport.co.uk/Products/Telemetry.aspx – Sourced from Oceanwise.eu