Wednesday, May 10, 2006

SenseWeb - Microsoft See's All Things!

According to this recent article in Technology Review, researchers at Microsoft are in the process of developing a technology that will allow real-world data in real time to be connected to their Windows Live Local global mapping project. This will theoretically enable people to "browse online maps for up-to-the-minute information about local gas prices, traffic flows, restaurant wait times, and more."

The technology is currently being called SenseWeb and consists of 3 main components.

1. Sensors (or real-world data collecting units)
2. Database "indexing scheme"
3. Online map (a more advanced version of Windows Live Local presumably)

Being a native to Chicago, what I'm looking forward to most is the proposed idea that it could help people find parking spots more easily.

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