This idea isn’t out yet but UK designer Callum Peden thinks it’s swell and it certainly sounds very clever. Say you are walking around town and you spot a really interesting Art Deco building and want to know about it and what’s around it. The device has a camera and you take a picture of the building. This gets sent to Google in addition to your GPS location. You open the devices’ retractable flexible screen and Google sends you back info on the object you photographed. Google provides the info you want in the way that Google does best. This is a great way to have Google Maps and a large collection of information in one handy, portable device.
It’s an idea still in development – possibly a few years yet to go. But we already have devices that use GPS, WiFi, cameras, google access and even the flexible screen is being developed by various companies that are invested in cell phone technology.
Just imagine the possibilities! I can see groups of people taking virtual tours of each others’ cities at the same time. And that sounds like a story Larry Niven would write! Virtual tours while vacationing. Google Parties in which people play a kind of “where’s waldo” with each other. The mind boggles!
A talented and Emmy-winning digital special effects technician by trade, Cecilia has also made her mark over the years as a writer in video editing magazines. Her CV includes HBO’s "From the Earth to the Moon" and SciFi Channel’s "Frank Herbert's Dune" and "Children of Dune". The most recent Visual Effects work was done for an online film: "Eye of the Bennu". This project was notable for being the first film made entirely by people only communicating over the Internet. No one has ever actually met in person. A virtual film made by virtual people. Cecilia is currently making props for a short film project about a violent monk. Hmm.