Archive for May, 2010

Gone global (again)

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

mobile-logger-gizmodoThanks to a (very flattering) mention of my thesis project on Gizmodo after the ITP Spring Show, the use of Mobile Logger has quadrupled in the past two days. I had been watching the number of unique users rise on the Dashboard page, currently near 800…but then wondered what that would look like animated over time.

Here’s the world map, showing events pop up chronologically. There was the initial spread on April 12th from the public release in the app store…but just wait..wait…wait…for ┬áMay 12th. Fun!

Thanks Gizmodo (and Matt)!

Riding Through Mountains (of Data)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

(Here is the documentation for my thesis project at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. PDF version here.)

Riding through Mountains of Data:
Visualizations of Cycling

Robert Carlsen
Interactive Telecommunications Program
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University

Abstract

This project attempts to describe the cycling experiences of several riders in New York City through a series of visualizations. Specifically, I am interested to discover if riders similar to myself share a common experience through which a sense of connection could be derived.

Cyclists were encouraged to record their travels using their personal mobile devices running Mobile Logger, a custom iPhone application.
Log data was uploaded by the application to an online database in near real-time during each ride. This data was analyzed and filtered to provide source material for the resulting visualizations and system “dashboard” at http://mobilelogger.robertcarlsen.net.

Keywords

Cycling, New York City, sensors, iPhone, visualization, mapping, tracking, logging, mobile, application, bicycle

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Playing with matches…and Cinder

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

mobile-logger-global-mapLate last week The Barbarian Group released Cinder, their previously in-house C++ framework (codenamed Flint). I’d heard about it through Robert Hodgin’s blog posts / experiments, and again this past winter when Andrew from TBG spoke with me about my ITP Show Project, seismi{c}ycling, which was created in openFrameworks.

It’s been released under a permissive open source license and is well organized. The online reference is a bit technical (compared to Processing or oF’s reference sections), but the framework comes with many well commented example projects.

Since I don’t have enough to do in the waning days of my ITP thesis, I’ve decided to create my cycling data visualizations using Cinder and have been enjoying the experience (as much as one can when under deadlines). Classes seem well thought out and there are many convenience methods and overloaded operators for common tasks when putting together a quick viz. The entire package (at least on OS X) feels unified.

Anyway, that’s my initial impression…only a few more days to go. Here’s an initial (rudimentary) animation of global Mobile Logger users which I’ll be using in my presentation on Friday. The most interesting moment is April 12th, when the app went public in the App Store. Prior to that it was mostly myself and a handful of beta testers.