The 2nd Geo Media Summit

The 2nd Geo Media Summit was held at Yahoo! Japan’s head office.   Yahoo! kindly gave attendees blue folding umbrellas as gift, but the day’s weather didn’t require it.

Four tech companies introduced their services, which are combined of geographical data and web2.0 contents.   (I quit the conference in the middle for another appointment)

Koozyt’s president Takahiko Sueyoshi explained their “Place Engine”, the software enabling to get geographical data by WiFi signals.   I wrote about it on my contribution to the newspaper as well as on the previous post on my  blog, it is very interested to me in finding the detail location not by GPS.

Recently Koozyt released some new services using the same technology, especially designed for iPhone 3G, allowing you to obtain the guide to the location where you are.

 

 

 

I think the service varies more widely with this technology, it makes possible to present innovative services for the blinds who are harder to go outside.   Without braille map, they may walk more easilly only with iPhone accessible to the services, even in strange cities and towns. 

Followed by the presentation of Google Japan’s Naoki Ishihara and Keiichi Kawai.

Google released already Google Map API and Earth API, they mentioned Google aggresively supports volunteers, communities and activities that develop various applications by using these APIs.

The left down of the pictures shown above is an example, it’s the game that you may drive a car around Mt. Everest.  (http://www.google.com/earth/plugin/examples/milktruck/)

When flight simulators for the pilot trainees or the car simulators at drivers schools are renewed with such APIs, those gonna be getting more real.

So far, it’s not clear when and whether they start the expecting service of Google StreetView exploring Japanese streets, Google said.   But a similar service is already in service by a Tokyo-based tech venture LocationView.

Their service has feature to cloud up the person’s face taken unexpectedly in an image, which can solve the problem violating “the rights to usage of the person’s likeness” that Google’s StreetView experienced.

I saw the front view of my company’s office with LocationView’s web-based application.

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Masaru IKEDA

Masaru IKEDA has co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms in Tokyo. Now he has been contributing serial columns to nationwide newspapers and IT periodicals, also he's currently serving as tech consultant for several web companies. See this for more bio.