The Work in Progress show of the Design School at the Royal College of Art opened a couple of days ago. I went twice and haven't moved beyond the Design Interactions department yet but i'm hopeful i'll get to see the works of the other departments over the weekend as well.
The department is showing some 40 projects this year. The variety of interests, means to explore them and degrees of speculation is remarkable.
Philipp Ronnenberg's ongoing OpenPositioningSystem / openps.info is a very hands-on, concrete project that aims to offer an alternative to the dominant global positioning systems or other navigation systems which are controlled by governments, network companies or in the case of GPS by the U.S. military. These technologies are closed at the moment and can be shut down at any time.
OpenPositioningSystem, however, was developed in the same spirit as OpenStreetMap. It would be open, accessible to anyone and collaboratively run by citizens.
Here's how the system works:
At the current stage of this project the sensor can detect and collect different frequencies.
In this early stage, the project will still rely on GPS and maps. With the process of expanding the new network of seismic sources, it can be possible to build a stand alone positioning system.
The designer is hoping to gather interested people on the web platform openps.info and build a community which will help him develop the software, hardware and testing processes.
All images courtesy Philipp Ronnenberg.
The School of Design Work-in-Progress Show remains open until 3 February 2013 at RCA Kensington.