Webvision Notes: Read/Write World

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Time: Thu May 26, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

As mapping, mobile devices and social media converge, we’re finding ourselves in a world where the physical and the virtual are deeply interpenetrating.

Read/Write World is our project aimed at enabling the sharing and democratized access to connections between the physical and the virtual that enable this interpenetration.  It includes elements of Photosynth and Bing Maps, but reconfigures these and other components in a more open manner.

In Blaise’s talk, he’ll cover this vision– where we are now, and where we’re going.


Started SeaDragon – which was acquired by MS. Works on bing maps and mobile.

PhotoSynth took a lot of people by surprise. Thinking about making becomes a collective process.

Bing maps/explore. Experimental site to see stocked together synths (green zits).

Launched photosynth iPhone app a few weeks ago.

New project to get high rez imagery and elevation maps of the entire US and Europe. Can extract land type, building footprints and 3D models.

How the he’ll do you connect it all together?  Enter “read write world”.

RML Real World Markup language.

Of course, the first audience question is about privacy and copyright.

Indexing images is like the early days of web indexing. Some people complain, but for everyone else it is very usefully.

Displaying the temporal dimension? Great question!

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