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Four short links: 13 October 2011

Memorable Indexes, Mobile Sensors, Augmented Reality Toys, and Collaborative Editing

  1. Memorable Indexes (Futility Closet) — Carroll’s index also includes entries for “Boots for horizontal weather,” “Horizontal rain, boots for,” “Rain, horizontal, boots for,” and “Weather, horizontal, boots for”. They’re silly and whimsical, but the underlying problem of making multiple accessible entrypoints into a single corpus of content is with us today and only compounded by the vast growth of the size of the corpora with which we deal.
  2. Geiger Counter for iPhone — reports radiation levels via Twitter, too. Expect to see more mobile sensor add-ons as the various smartphone hardware interfaces mature. (via Sara Winge)
  3. Suwappu App Prototype (BERG London) — augmented reality, without fugly QR codes, but with toys. what does a script look like, when you’re authoring a story for five or six woodland creatures, and one or two human kids who are part of the action? How do we deliver the story to the phone? What stories work best? This app scratches the surface of that, and I know these are the avenues the folks at Dentsu are looking forward to exploring in the future. It feels like inventing a new media channel.
  4. ShareJS — Javascript implementation of the Wave collaborative editing algorithm. (via Avi Bryant)
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  • https://scottbw.wordpress.com/ Scott Wilson

    Re ShareJS – see also Wave–Node, which implements the Wave gadget APIs:

    https://github.com/scottbw/wave-node

    Combine the two, and all you are missing are the robots.