The web and real life converge

November 2, 2010


Imagine a world where you approach a landmark and its local webpage pops up in front of you (broadcast from its local server) explaining the history of the place, outlining key facts and generally being your local tourist guide.

There is also a visitors book page where you can read what others have said and leave your own message – either by voice or thru the kep pad of your mobile device (cell phone / laptop / iPad – like device).

Buildings will have their own local pages, telling you what their function is, what historic value they have, where the main entrance is, who built it, where the baby change facilities are, what phone number to use to call in.

You’ll also be able to join its Facebook page, subscribe to its Twitter feed. If you are in a shopping mall, the stores will be able to give you details about their special offers (altho you may have to opt in to these – kind of like leaving your Bluetooth on).

Bus stops will offer traffic info and current bus locations (via GPS) and ETAs in real-time.

If you want directions, you only need to know the postcode and arrows will point you in the right direction – like existing sat nav, but without the physical device in your car. It’ll be like in a video game when arrows in the sky point when you are going the wrong way. Instead of making devices, sat nav companies will just release apps (unless Google maps has already made them redundant by then).

This meshing of the web and the real is something I am looking forward to.

Recently, one of the key bits of tech to make this happen was shown off. There is no date for release yet – and no idea yet when the rest of the infrastructure will be in place to make it all work, but it isn’t that far away.

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One Response to “The web and real life converge”


  1. […] But what I really like is the app will allow you to see where the story happened using GPS – if you look at the story I have linked to there is a map showing exactly where it happened (which is genius and reflects on the web interaction with physical space I have covered before) […]

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