Storing and Mapping Your Life in 3D

November 25, 2008
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Storing and Mapping Your Life in 3D

You collect an ever-increasing variety of documents, such as images, web pages and contact details. These are stored on a wide variety of devices like smartphones, PCs, and web servers belonging to companies such as Yahoo and Google. Not only is it more difficult to collect all your information, but it is harder to organise and represent. Search engines that produce lists in return for even an advanced search e


Storing and Mapping Your Life in 3D

You collect an ever-increasing variety of documents, such as images, web pages and contact details. These are stored on a wide variety of devices like smartphones, PCs, and web servers belonging to companies such as Yahoo and Google. Not only is it more difficult to collect all your information, but it is harder to organise and represent. Search engines that produce lists in return for even an advanced search entry are not really up to the task. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell say they can do better by displaying the results of a search as a 2D or 3D map, with related documents and information clustered together in space.

The team have developed new algorithms to do the clustering, as well as making it possible for results to be superimposed on relevant background images or 3D objects. For example, work information might be attached to a picture of your office, and receipts from a trip to Paris to a 3D Eiffel tower. (via Invention: Personal life mapper -New Scientist)

The Smarter Planet tumblelog is an outgrowth of IBM’s strategic initiative to help a world of smart systems emerge.

 See this primer on Smarter Planet