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Where 20.0 2010 ‘OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, GoWalla, and Chickens & Lasers’

Where 2.0, 2010 is over, at the show, OpenStreetMap has made huge strides in getting data for areas where other just don’t have it. One of the keynote sessions was about how within a few days Port of Prince was mapped out with extreme detail by user generate content from people on the ground using GPS. CloudMade was discussed in comparison to OpenStreetMap, but it seems OSM are the current darlings. Google’s map maker was shown in Michael Jones’ keynote when he compared their data to “Yahoo, MapQuest and the others” showing off the data user’s have added. Apparently, Bing Maps have a new nickname. GoWalla announced some key partnerships with their app for giving out prizes to random folks who check-in to Chipotle or are in search for Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 simply by being lucky winner to check-in to right location. NAVTEQ had their LBS Challenge finals at Where 2.0. Zos Communications’ Zhiing was one of favorites with it’s ability to “Zhiing” people – sending location information about where you’re or specify where to send location information to via MMS, Text or Email. FWIW, Cypress Solutions won North American Challenge. Martin Isenburg’s “Have Chickens, Need Lasers” session was pretty much the most belligerent, incomprehensible session. He’s built the capability to stream LIDAR information in real time. This means that you can tune in to a place with streaming LIDAR to fully immerse yourself into that specific world from anywhere you can connect to web. So, take a room full of chickens and place a 360 LIDAR sensor in the middle of the room and stream the readings over the web. User would be able to change the angle at which they’re viewing the chickens and even interact with the chickens.


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