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Four things to try when you first use Geoloqi

Geoloqi for iPhone - Beta Test
We’re slowly rolling out beta applications! If you’re part of the first batch, you’ll be able to try out these features below. If you haven’t been sent an invite, the following will be what to expect!

Important
Make sure you’ve gone to http://beta.geoloqi.com and entered in a password. You’ll need this to sign into the iPhone app.

Four things to try when you first use Geoloqi

1. Send a Geonote to yourself.
Geoloqi Geonote Screen

The Geonote option allows you to leave a message in a location and have it texted or pushed to you when you get to that location.

On the phone or on the web, send a note to yourself at a location. Browse to the place you’d like to leave the Geonote, enter text, and hit “Send”. Your Geonote will be pushed to you when you go to the location next.

I regularly use Geonotes to leave notes at the office when I’m at home, and notes at the grocery store. For instance, I needed to get some Paprika, so I left a note at the store. When I got there next, I got a text that said, “Remember to pick up the paprika, you dork! You always forget!’.

I’ve also found Geonotes handy for travel. For instance, I set a Geonote at the Oakland airport when I was preparing a trip down there. When I arrived at the airport, I got a text that said, ‘Welcome to Oakland! Take the AirBart to Bart, and then to Embarcadero station!’. I also left a Geonote at the Embarcadero station that sent me the address of the house I was staying at. Each of these notes saved me from having to look up the address or travel instructions or address on Google maps or in my E-mail. The ‘just-in-time’ information allowed me to sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip. The best technology gets out of the way and lets you live your life.

In the next release, we’ll have integration with Rememberthemilk, so that you’ll be able to leave your to-dos at specific locations and get those to-dos pushed or texted to you when you arrive at that location. For now, you’ll have to enter your items manually through the phone or on the website.

Geonotes for Other People
You can also leave notes for other people. For instance, you could leave a note for your spouse on the way back from work to remember to get something on the way home. If you want to experiment with creating Geonotes, you can send a Geonote to Aaron Parecki and I at http://caseorganic.com/geonote or http://aaron.pk/geonote. Invite others to send you a Geonote. Share the link with people to have them leave you Geonotes. http://beta.geoloqi.com/profilename.

Share Your Location with others with Geoloqi

2. Share your location with someone you’re meeting.

Use the share screen on the Geoloqi app to send a link and set an expiration time.

The person you share your location with doesn’t need to have Geoloqi. They’ll get a link to a mobile version of Geoloqi that they can use on their device. They’ll be able to see your location move in real-time from the time that you shared the link to the time you set it to expire.

To see the links you’ve shared, go to http://beta.geoloqi.com/settings/share. You’ll be able to see the link descriptions you entered there, as well as the expiration times of those links!

If you want to share a link for an unlimited period of time, choose the “No time limit” option on the share screen wheel.

3. Add the earthquake notification layer to your account.

Geoloqi Layer Catalog

The earthquake notification layer will let you know if an earthquake has happened within 250km of you in real-time. It’s simply a demo of what can be done with realtime data and Geoloqi. You can build your own custom layer of geolocated data that Geoloqi users can subscribe to. Examples include gelocated Wikipedia history entries, happy hour specials, located-based games and other trivia. If you’d like to build your own layer, contact us at [email protected]

To add the layer, go to the Layers option on your phone and click on the Earthquake layer. Switch the option from ‘Off’ to ‘On’ to subscribe. This is where the automatic Foursquare checkin option will exist in future releases.

4. View your map at http://beta.geoloqi.com/map to see your location history.
As you track yourself, you’ll be able to see a trail of where you’ve been over time. Try toggling the history options to see more of your history.

Usage Tips
Geoloqi Battery Saver Mode
Don’t leave the application running all day. It will quickly drain your battery.

For best results, track with Battery Saver mode, or a custom mode of your choice.

For even better results, turn on the tracker when you you’re moving, and turn it off when you arrive in a location. Else, turn the tracker on when you’re going to meet someone that you’ve shared a link with.

Help and Feedback
If you need help or have further questions, go to Geoloqi Help. All feedback can go to Aaron or I through E-mail, or send E-mail to [email protected] for best results! Thanks again for testing Geoloqi!

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Sat Aug 28 2010, 1:13pm

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Geonotes – Send Messages to Your Future Self

A Geonote is a location-based note that may be left for a user, and will send a message to the desired user only when that location is reached. Geonotes are based on the concept of “geofencing,” which involves detecting whether a GPS enabled mobile device has entered or exited a geographical radius. In the case of Geonotes, one can literally draw a circle anywhere on the planet, and if a GPS enabled device enters that radius, an SMS message will be sent to that device.

Try it!

Send us a Geonote: http://aaron.pk/geonote | http://caseorganic.com/geonote

Instead of showing site visitors where we are, the website uses the last 30 days of GPS data to determine whether or not we will be “likely” to pick up the Geonote, or rather, the likelihood of us traveling through the circumference of the Geonote that has been left. GPS-enabled phones can do other things too. For instance, there’s a Geonote GPS circle above our house that triggers an X-10 light system to turn on or off depending on whether we enter or leave the circle. The lightswitch evaporates and we no longer have to press it. The GPS enabled phone becomes a remote control for reality.

Geoloqi started because a lot of our friends wanted Geonotes but had no way of tracking GPS data on their phones. We began an open source project in our free time, and a number of volunteers began contributing code. Now we have a beta version of our GPS tracker running on iPhone and Android devices, and we no longer have to use older phone models to track GPS data.

Uses for Geonotes:

For instance, 2 weeks ago I remembered that I needed to get some paprika next time I went to the store. I wasn’t near a shopping list, and I knew it would be lost if I wrote it down on a piece of paper. So, as I said in my tweet, I left a Geonote with a circumference that surrounded my local grocery store. When I next went to the grocery store, my phone detected that I had entered the radius I’d left the Geonote in before. I promptly received an SMS with the note to “Get Paprika!”. Needless to say, I got it.

When we first started sending out the Geonote link, my friend Don Park sent me some useful and entertaining Geonotes. He left one for me over the Hawthorne bridge in Portland, Oregon. When I crossed the bridge, I got a note that told me that the bridge was built in 1910 and that 4,800 cyclists crossed it daily. Suddenly, Geonotes allowed geography to become trivia. When I was on a hike on nearby Mt. Tabor, I received a Geonote from Don that told me that wild Blackberries were nearby, and that I should pick some.

Trip Planning:

On a recent trip to San Fransisco for a conference, I set a series of Geonotes to greet me when I arrived at the airport. When I got off the plane, I got a note welcoming me to San Francisco. Then I got a note telling me which bus to take into town. When I got on the bus I didn’t have to worry when to get off, because I had set a Geonote that told me to get off the bus. When I got off the bus, the next Geonote told me the address of my friend’s house.

The difference between a normal travel experience and one traveling with Geonotes was that it saved me from looking down at my phone all the time to query my E-mail account for an address, bus stop or transit direction. The Geonotes allowed me to sit back and relax and live my life instead of pulling information out of a mobile device. Instead of pulling, the device pushed just in time information to me at the relevant points of my travel. These virtual post-it notes have been fun to experiment with.

About Geonotes and Geoloqi:

Geonotes are part of Geoloqi – a secure, open source platform and standard for location sharing developed by an open source developer community. When Geoloqi is released, everyone will be able to have their own Geonotes. There’s a longer slideshow about how it works here: http://www.slideshare.net/caseorganic/nonvisual-augmented-reality-with-sms-and-gps-open-source-bridge

You can leave a Geonote for Aaron and I here: http://aaron.pk/geonote http://caseorganic.com/geonote