Carbot: Geoblogging With WiFi & GPS Enabled In-car Computers – For
the Mass Market!
Damien Stolarz, CarBot, Inc.
What do you get when you combine a fanless 12V computer, WiFi, GPS
-– and a microphone? You get an unparalleled audiblogging and
geospacial annotation tool. What if you bundle it as an MP3 jukebox
that also reads back others' annotations while you drive, creating a
community of drivers siphoning data out of the blogosphere? You have
the most buzzword-compliant consumer product ever!
The creators of carbot.org and the carbot software and hardware
invite you to a discussion that addresses just about every theme in
Interface: How the carbot AUI audio user interface was designed to
allow smooth operation of the headless carbot PC.
Untethered: How the carbot polls for WiFi connections and updates
its blogs and email when it finds one -– and how we plan to go about
Location: How carbot provides one-click geospacial annotation with
GPS and audio recording.
Hardware: How carbot uses commercial off-the shelf hardware plus
some homebrew circuitry to work like an appliance, solving the
car-computer integration problem.
Social Software and community implications: How carbots create a
reality show where people’s geospacial audio commentary is relayed
to others, automatically, in their own voices.