Google has released an API for their new Maps service, finally sanctioning the massive amount of hacking that has taken place with their XML based web service. Geo-Hackers have been wondering for the past couple of weeks what has been happening, with various hacks breaking due to changes made by Google. Yesterday (or this morning), Google finally released a very liberal API to build upon their service. You need to register a key based on your url, but as long as you don't use it to sell drugs, limit access to your hack, or go beyond 50K page views in a day, you're basically golden.
Google, good work.
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It also comes with an unmanned pathfinder which travels on a GPS controlled route ahead of the main unit. The pathfinder is secured by a 30m umbilical cord and uses ground-penetrating radar to assess risk."
Oh I have no excuse to actually own one of these, but I want one so. Reminds me of the newest Batmobile.
Williams' system incorporates an electronic device, which houses a compass, at the back of the headstrap on the goggles.
When the swimmer turns, the compass detects that the co-ordinates have changed and registers the time.
The information, including the total time spent swimming, the number of laps completed and the speed traveled are shown in a tiny heads-up display inside the goggle lens, using a system that reflects information off tiny mirrors. [CNN]
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Yet another HMD, luckily this one is really targeted at the wearable market instead of the videophone market.
It also weighs 27g, so not too bad considering.
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It was written by my geo-wanker friends, most notably Schuyler Erle, Rich Gibson, and Jo Walsh. If you want to order the book, please do so using this link. I won't get a cut, but Schuyler, Rich, and Jo will.
Mapping Hacks [Amazon.com]
The GIS community is giving some good reviews too:
If you're into digital cartography, it's a pretty good book. My hack is about doing your own georeferenced photos, and it's hack #10.
Amal embedded a RFID tag in his hand to easily open his car door, home and to be used as his "password" for a Windows login prompt all by simply waving his hand.
Unless I'm really wrong about the way RFID works, a fun hack would be to swipe this guy's RFID (secretly of course), and then copy the ID onto another RFID so that you can completely pwn his life.
Also makes me wonder how soon someone will get an "embedded" linux computer under their skin.
The good news (in terms of future conversation) is that the folks from eyetap.org sent me this update:
Pictures are here, including pictures of the dome sewing party where many well known volunteers such as John Gilmore, Jon Pincus, Deborah Pierce, etc., helped to make 500 maybecameras, one for each conference attendee. Some of the maybecameras had wireless transmitters to send live video offsite, but attendees did not know whether or not they were watching.
For more background information on the maybecamera sousveillance project, see some of the papers published in Leonardo on this topic.
[ Found via Steve Mann's wearcam.org ]
"The notion that your leg is a machine part and it is exposed, that it is an enhancement, is becoming comfortable in the sense that it can be made a part of you."'
It had to happen, and it did. I got into a fight with my girlfriend about replacing body parts, and she seemed really concerned that I might actually remove a leg in order to replace it. I explained that I would only want to improve, not take a step back, from my humanity. That being said, she still didn't like the idea of replacing my bones with stronger materials, or other unseen modifications. Interesting how some people react to tampering with the human body when it's not meant to restore someone, like with this bloke who lost his legs in a train accident.
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It also has headphones, and weighs 70 grams. Due to come out in October of this year.
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Here's a couple of lipstick cameras, similar to the JonesCam I've blogged about before. The Japanese girl is wearing the crazy Samsung Miniket Extreme Sport Camcorder, and the photo below is of the VioTac S.C.O.U.T. Cam, which is about $300 USD.
[ Link. Found by Steve Barr, and posted to the Wear-Hard mailing list. ]