the mobile web/the locative web/the ubiquitous web

Courtesy ReadWriteWeb

Courtesy ReadWriteWeb

What difference does mobility make to the web? Portability?

This class is a survey of the landscape of the emerging ubiquitous web – the gradual bleeding between electronic space and real space. We’re going to start the tour with some examples…

The powerful and mysterious brain circuitry that makes us love Google, Twitter, and texting. – By Emily Yoffe

Technologies to be aware of:

  • Things that link the web to the world
    • iPhone
    • Android
    • Blackberry
    • Symbian
  • Things that link the world to the web
    • RFID
    • QR codes

Getting your hands dirty:

Check out the venerable old smh for mobiles site as a baseline tech/style guide./

Here are some tools for iPhone development:


Historical examples:

And history of the examples…


  1. Chandler, Annmarie, 2004, ‘Mobile Fictions, Interactivity & the Social Reconfiguration of Public Space’, Edmonds, E: Gibson, R (eds), Interaction: Systems Practice and Theory, pp. 211 – 270, Creativity and Cognition Press: Australia.
  2. Guy Debord, “Theory of the Derive”, from Internationale Situationniste #2. The Situationist International Text Library
  3. Tuters, Marc and Varnelis, Kazys, 2006, ‘Beyond locative media’, Networked Publics
  4. Russell, Ben, 1999, Headmap Manifesto

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