Spatial Cues
June 30th, 2004

Three Iowa State University students have created a technology that combines wireless messaging technology iwth the Global Positioning System:

Spatial cues advances a concept common in museums and art galleries where patrons carry devices that play recorded messages, said Simanta Mitra, a computer science professor who advised the team. That message typically plays when a number corresponding to the exhibit is keyed into the device. But with spatial cues, codes don’t have to be punched into computers. Just approaching a targeted location triggers messages.

The proposed use for the technology is coordination of rescue teams, but there are other possible uses, some of them fairly mundane, such as a reminder you need to buy milk and eggs that’s triggered by proximity to your grocery store. [Link]


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