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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2009 edited
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    I like this very much. It's a simple idea which can become enormously powerful as more and more people participate.

    Pachube is "a service that enables you to connect, tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments around the world".

    Sure you could use sensor information about, say real life temperature, humidity, air quality in one or an number of locations and use that to guide your second life city's appearance.

    But you could also do absolutely anything else you want. Given the nature of my research I of course start thinking of all sorts of potential sonification but if doesn't need to be that. Check out the site for yourself and think of what you could start sensing and what you could do with that.

    From the pragmatic to the fantastik, who doesn't like the idea of buildings chatting to each other about the weather from opposite ends of the sea?

    Edited to add a bit more, from the about page:
    Pachube is a little like YouTube, except that, rather than sharing videos, Pachube enables people to monitor and share real time environmental data from sensors that are connected to the internet. Pachube acts between environments, able both to capture input data (from remote sensors) and serve output data (to remote actuators). Connections can be made between any two environments, facilitating even spontaneous or previously unplanned connections. Apart from being used in physical environments, it also enables people to embed this data in web-pages, in effect to "blog" sensor data.