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The real life Sims

The real life Sims

The Sims designer, Will Wright, is working on a new project called HiveMind. This project reportedly collects and gathers information on you and uses it to deliver a “deep gaming” experience on your location, history and interesting people.

It’s kind of a mix of Google Earth, Facebook and Check-ins.

Q: How would a game experience work?

A: “If we had that much situational awareness about you and at the same time we were building this very high-level map of the world, and I don’t just mean where Starbuck’s is, but all sorts of things like historical footnotes and people you might want to meet. I started thinking about games that we can build that would allow us to triangulate you in that space and build that deep situational awareness. There will be all types of games, but the key will be focusing the experiences, including multiplayer, within the real world and away from the fictional world that games currently invest in.”

via The Sims designer creating new game for real life | Reuters.

Bing Maps and augmented-reality – the amazing and scary future of mapping

Bing Maps and augmented-reality – the amazing and scary future of mapping

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps courtesy of TED. The ability to view the earth from sattellite to indoor video.
Some trully amazing concepts here and hopefully a sign of what’s to come from the Bing Maps team.

Have a go here:
http://www.bing.com/maps/? Be sure to click 3D maps and Photosynth! very cool

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps | Video on TED.com.

Microsoft Scrapbook – Where you’ve been

Microsoft Scrapbook – Where you’ve been

The Microsoft Scrapbook service launched very quietly at around the same time as Mango. I tried this a few weeks back but it didn’t show any of my checkin’s.

Today however is a different story, with all my past check-ins appearing in the service. It’s pretty simple with pinned location on a Bing map but it’s most probably the begining of a more detailed service. Perhaps a mobile app and locaiton photos will be included?

Every checkin is listed and can be flicked through witht he navigation pane. You also have the option to DELETE YOUR CHECKIN HISTORY! This is significant, as the scrapbook page itself states, no other service allows you to delete your checkin history. If you delete your history, it’s gone forever and cannot be restored or used by Microsoft.

If you have a Windows Phone 7.5 phone then you can log in and use this service yourself. Perfect if you travel a lot or have a forgetful mind and want to know where you were yesterday, last week or last month. (My checkins go back to July 2011!)

Scrapbook.

New HTC Compass Digital Compass app for Windows Phone 7

New HTC Compass Digital Compass app for Windows Phone 7

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YJdht8F0Xk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Finally, we can use our digital compass again, and it’s bigger and better!

The HTC Digital compass can be found in the marketplace if you search for HTC Compass. It shows not only the digital cmopas but overlays it on live maps.

New HTC Compass Digital Compass app for Windows Phone 7.

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