11 June 2006

Discover and experience location-based services

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From advertising, to gaming, to civic services, location-based media are augmenting our surroundings with layers of information. But how to juggle all these services?

herescan is a suite of tools that allows you to discover and experience location-based services and media while you are out and about”. It was developed by Victor Szilagyi as his graduation project at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea.

“The system comprises of a mobile application, a server-based content aggregator and a hardware peripheral that makes you aware of the content around you without keeping you glued to the screen.”

herescan is designed for urban explorers — individuals looking to sample the full range of experiences their surroundings can provide.”

“By employing a wander, discover and train model, herescan slowly learns your tastes and suggests relevant content and services. While moving through town, herescan continually searches the internet for content related to your location and serves up new perspectives into your everyday environment — from news clips and archival photos to llive recordings from the performance venues that give your hometown its unique flavour.”

The project was co-supervised by Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels in his capacity as senior associate professor at Interaction-Ivrea.

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(This post is the seventh in a series of short features on the graduation projects by the final students of the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, now located in Milan. As of next week, the Institute will be entirely absorbed within the Domus Academy‘s ‘I-Design” programme.)

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