Physical Space Tweets: Pst! microCONTROL

Pst! is the surreptitious beckoning of attention and the acronym for Physical Space Tweets. It is a small Ardunio storyteller installed in public space giving an audience a glimpse into a geo-tagged community’s topic feed.

For the Leeds Pavillion at Mediamatic’s Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Pst! chronicled life in Leeds through it’s twitter feed.

Pst! microCONTROL from Megan Leigh Smith on Vimeo.

The piece locates a public social narrative by pulling an information feed from Twitter User profiles geographically aligned to Leeds with Twitter’s geocode API and then prints this information onto a mini LCD screen. By removing the peripheral of the computer a Pst! device can be placed in a non-space providing a window directly into a geo-located public space.

See http://megansmith.ca/blog/?tag=arduino for more info.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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The animation below shows the real-time behaviour of hire bikes in London on October 4th 2010, the day of a major tube strike, and the busiest day for the scheme to date.

Departure times and journey durations are real; routing is calculated from OSM data; average speed from journey duration and route length.

London Hire Bikes animation from Sociable Physics on Vimeo.

In the visualization, the fixed circles represent stands – when a stand flashes red, it means that one or more bikes have left it – and a yellow flash means a bike has arrived. The bikes themselves are represented by the Boris Barclays Blue Tadpoles whizzing around – leaving at the right time, travelling at their correct average speed, and taking a (generally) realistic route.

The movie was created by Martin Austwick, here in CASA with the help of Ollie O’Brien (again CASA) for collection and routing.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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3D Map of London’s Urban Complexity

Dr Duncan Smith, a Research Fellow here in CASA and author of our latest blog – Urban Geographics has produced an interesting visualisation of London’s Urban form:

The visualisation of the density and function of the built-environment shows the dominance of the intensifying city-centre, corridors of commercial development and the smaller scale centres in Outer London. The data comes from the Valuation Office and the Greater London Authority. For more info and a write up of the background to the viz, take a look at http://www.geographics.blogs.casa.ucl.ac.uk

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Dr Duncan Smith, a Research Fellow here in CASA and author of our latest blog – Urban Geographics has produced an interesting visualisation of London’s Urban form:

The visualisation of the density and function of the built-environment shows the dominance of the intensifying city-centre, corridors of commercial development and the smaller scale centres in Outer London. The data comes from the Valuation Office and the Greater London Authority. For more info and a write up of the background to the viz, take a look at http://www.geographics.blogs.casa.ucl.ac.uk

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. CyberCity 3D Cities - November 26, 2007

    CyberCity AG was acquired by a private investment company in Europe. The US Company is operating.

    http://www.cybercity3dcities.com

  2. asteinberger - December 10, 2008

    Lots of great things happening over at CyberCity 3D. Many new city models available as well as real estate, travel and urban planning service solutions. Check out our blog at http://www.cybercity3d.com/cc_blog/ for more information.

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CyberCity AG the software company behind some of the best Google Earth models and specializing in the creation and visualization of reality-based virtual 3D cities seems to of gone into liquidation.

MoneyHouse is reporting the companies status and their website cybercity.tv has been taken offine.

While we cannot speculate on the demise of CyberCity, the market is increasingly crowded and with Web 2.0 based consumer level tools becoming available the creation of whole 3d cities is still seen as too costly for many clients.

CyberCitys’ coporate video from 2006 illustrating high quality output is embedded below:

It is sad to see CyberCity removed from the market and we hope to see it re-emerge soon.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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