In the movie, The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman is given some advice upon his graduation from college, plastics! Earlier this year I blogged about location based design, and how I believed this was the next best thing. While the media rages about how Apple iOS and Android are tracking your every move, and is this legal ... consider this fact ... there are many applications to which you would want to give your location.
Last week I learned about (and installed on my iPad) a great new software tool named Wikihood. This amazing appllication uses your location and presents articles from Wikipedia. I have found this software fantastic as I move around the United States of various business and pleasure trips. I just start Wikihood, and I learn about the "local hood". For an application like Wikihood, I'll grant access to my location any day. However, I'm a person who when he was young loved to read the World Book Encyclopedia via alpha volume (see blog post ... The Art of the Browse, World Book and the iPad).
Here are three screenshots from Wikihood and plastics! In each instance, the content delivered is unique to my exact location, not just the surrounding region. Click upon any image to maximize.
Grand Marais, Minnesota (recent bike trip)
Duluth, Minnesota (my home on Amity Creek)
Plymouth, Minnesota (my townhome)