[FoRK] Has anyone of you ever experimented with a GPS receiver?
sandor at cs.uu.nl
Mon Jun 21 03:41:14 PDT 2004
Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 21, 2004 at 11:16:56AM +0200, Sandor Spruit wrote:
>>OK. I've been Googling around a bit, and have identified a number of
[answers snipped - thanks I'll look into it]
Easiest platform would be Java on Windows, possibly with some native DLL
to access the GPS receiver.
> What exactly are you trying to do?
The larger context is that all of our assignments for students yield a
_small_ set of documents, applets or whatever. That's basically all that
is do-able in courses that span 10 weeks, because you have to introduce
the theory and technology first. The assignments are useful but boring.
The point is that this way, students will never _really_ get to see the
whole relevance of XML etc. These technologies are network technologies
with a network effect. The more XML-encoded stuff you have, the clearer
the advantage becomes visible. The more variation you have in terms of
devices, number of documents, human languages, location, timezones,
people (personalization), the better.
So, I'm getting to my point now :) Suppose I have laptops with wireless
connections and GPS receivers. The laptop have browsers with a little
extra, perhaps a http proxy, that transmits their location with each
HTTP-request to our server (extra X-GPS-location header).
I can bootstrap Guided Tours Around Utrecht (or campus) with multimedia
content on our lab's server. Each generation or group of students could
upload more content. Nice photos or videos, XML-texts, sound files. They
could walk around city, upload and download files. The content you get
varies based on location, time, person, language etc. You could have a
similar set-up with PDA's, mobile phones etc.
I'm quite sure working with this set-up would help to clarify a lot of
the advantages of XML and Internet technologies, to our students. Most
of this comes as a shocking surprise when the step into the real world
(internship or thesis) and see the full complexity of a tangled web of
technologies in action. Panic! :)
P.S. And it would be a lot of fun to create it, of course <grin>
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