Monday, October 02, 2006

Y! reproduces Vannevar Bush's Memex using Flickr (sort of)

The winner's of Yahoo! Hack Day might not have such high aims as trying to solve the problem Vennevar Bush addresses in his 'As We may think' paper but the solution they provide is really interesting. Their 'hack' involves a combination of flickr , geotagging(i think) and the flickr API. It involves a phone-camera which is kept inside a ladies handbag and which captures a photo for every few steps traveled. This photo is then uploaded to flickr through the flickr API and posted to a moblog. Techcrunch has the full coverage.

This is really interesting as the device in question is similar to a memex. One can even call it the Web 2.0 memex as it seems to have a taken a Web 0.0 idea and implemented in the Web 2.0 world. Microsoft's Gordon Bell also seems to have worked on the memex idea and his MyLifeBits project is the result of his work.

The coolness of the Yahoo hack is the amount of simplicity it contains and way it's being implemented. The hack can be viewed online at BloggingInMotion. Pictures taken get added and are shown on the front page. At the time of this writing all I can see is a bright light.Maybe the handbag is kept near a table light, blocked by a piece of cloth or is facing the sun. All leading to some very interesting assumptions. :)

Now what's required in this hack is a way to capture idea's, feelings and emotions when the picture is taken and post it as the text of the moblog entry. That would make it the perfect dear-diary solution. Maybe even throw in GPS positioning and speech to text and we have a winner. An idea for a web 2.0 startup ?

Waymarkr is another solution to creating a Web 2.0 memex.

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At 9:53 AM, October 04, 2006, Blogger RamantheB said...

i think the cooler thing is that yahoo's gonna make their webmail open source. exciting to see what google's answer will be.

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