I think it is only a matter of time before we switch from hyperlocal blogging to hyperlocal “mapping”.
Below is a short TED2010 talk from Blaise Aguera y Arcas of Microsoft Live Labs.
He is demonstrating augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft. It’s quite a substantial extension from where Google appears to be just at the moment and shows glimpses of great possibilities.
If you serve neighbourhoods, interested in very local media or work for a news organisation, whether press, web or broadcast then it may be worth sparing a few minutes to watch this:
Super interface stuff — think we’re still waiting for the breakthrough in understanding how ‘stories’ fit over maps (those that aren’t conveniently point geo-located, that have spheres of influence for example), and how filter for interest is going to work. Inspirational, tho (love the way the AR stuff overlays).
Agreed. I wanted to mention this because for the first time I felt that maps could really become THE place to tell stories. I think that was true a long time ago. About 3 months ago I found myself staring at the Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral and wondering why we had turned maps into such structured things.