Hands-on electronic mapping

Two things that I recently discovered would be a great fit for using mapping tools with a live audience, maybe in a community mapping exercise. First, I think Google Earth has an incredible potential to present spatial data and analysis to a broader, non-technical audience. Atlas Gloves would actually enable us to let this audience explore scenarios in a playfull way.

Atlas Gloves is a DIY physical interface for controlling 3D mapping applications like Google Earth.The user interface is a pair of illuminating gloves that can be used totrack intuitive hand gestures like grabbing, pulling, reaching androtating. The Open Source Atlas Gloves application can be downloadedfor free and operated using a webcam and two self-madeilluminating gloves (or flashlights).

watch the demo...

Second, at the science night in Berlin , I discovered AR (augmented reality), and after researching it further, I was surprised, that this isn't bigger in the urban planning community. Just have a look at this impressive example from the gaming community.

Take a good, long look at this clip from Total Immersion.It's an early piece that talks about the early stages of totalimmersion, where gamers can wield objects and place them into areality-based stage in a video game, such as moving a car around orcreating landscapes out of thin air. Of course, one could see this as amere Sim City-style gimmick, but the fact you'll be able to interact with in a gameplay fashion puts a whole new twist. In fact, a new Sim City where you can create your own utopia with a few waves of the hand and taps of the button

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