Table top control of 3D space

A Phd student at the University of Calgary’s Interactions Laboratory has come up with some pretty cool new interactive tools for Google Earth and Warcraft III (not at the same time). He’s using a tabletop environment to control how you interact with Google Earth. You can do much more hands on type interaction with the table setup. I think it’s a more natural environment, or much more paper map-like, than some of the mouse/keyboard setups we currently use. It’s worth checking out the videos (bottom right of his site or mirrored here). They give a good idea of the types of things you can do with this new type of system. I particularly like the Warcraft III “Command and Control” system demo.

And really, it’s all about kickin’ butt in video games anyways, right?

Hurricane Simulator

For people in the interior of countries, the difference between a category 2 hurricane and a category 3 hurricane might not be all that aparent. That’s why the good people at the Associated Press have hosted this handy, dandy Hurricane Simulator! The simulator features a 3D model of some trees, a house, and a mobile home. You can see the simulator run the gambit from category 1 thru category 5 and how it affects those structures on the coast. Its interesting to note that Katrina was only a category 3 hurricane when it hit New Orleans, meaning it could have been much much worse. Those with longer memories on the East coast of the US will recall Andrew’s devistation, which was a category 5 hurricane!

Where 2.0 opening – testing, testing, is this thing on

I am going to try to keep the ‘tradition’ going that we started at the Dev Summit and live blog the opening keynotes as Where 2.0 kicks off. While we wait for the start I will mention that we will be posting audio nightly, but I doubt if we will get it all up before the end of the conference.

Brady and Matt just jumped on stage and are getting things started.

  • They are generally discussing why Where2.0 is important.
  • technologies that surround the ideas
  • I just had a realization that much of this is actually Particpatory GIS

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BBC ClimateThe BBC is working with others to predict climate change and they want your help! The climate prediction tool runs within the BOINC environment just like SETI@home and others. This software takes advantage of free CPU cycles on client machines to crunch numbers for large data sets…isn’t distributed computing grand. If you have time head over check the project out.