Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Eye in the Sky

I always like looking at the satellite tracking maps attached to all manner of beasts. From tracking geese from Siberia to Iraq with attached satellite transmitters or looking in on the secret life of the Ocean Sunfish via popoff sensors with GPS, these devices are giving us huge amounts of valuable information on migration routes, stop overs and home ranges. There is also potential for its use (and misuse) with people. I particularly like this application to make an emotional map of a city using GPS and glavanic skin response. With more and more people with GPS enabled devices from cameras to cell phones to cars a huge amount of temporospatial data is being generated. You have to know that data aggregators like Acxiom and big brother would love to put that data in your file and correlate it with where and how you spend your money or even better how you might feel about it.

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