SmallPlanet, a Los Angeles-based startup, created three location-based applications for mobile devices they are planning on rolling out sequentially:

1. CrowdSurfer allows users to make the invisible connections that they may have to those around them. They store their own profiles on their phones, and choose to see or be seen by other users who may have similar interests, gone to the same school, worked at the same company, etc. This is accomplished by periodic "pinging" by Bluetooth signal typically in a 30-50 foot radius.
If another user is detected, the phone can search the database at SmallPlanet.net via GPRS connection to discover if they have friends in common. If they are connected by up to 4 degrees contact relations, the profiles of those friends connecting them are displayed.

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2. DealSurfer --to be tested this Autumn, allows stores to send out (at up to 100 meters) discount opportunities or coupons via Bluetooth to users who have decided to turn on their CrowdSurfer application.

But the user has to turn the application on when he wants to receive these messages. These are free because they come via Bluetooth. SmallPlanet only allow retailers to send discount opportunities or coupons, not spam-like advertising.

3. LineCutter is still under development. Using Bluetooth or WiFi from your mobile device, you could walk into, say, a fastfood, view the menu on your mobile screen, place an order and pay for it without waiting in line or having to go to the register.

Blueserker < Socal Tech.
Related entry: SmallPlanet's CrowdSurfer.

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Geekdinner is a service that ‘opened to the world’ last month to help you, the geek, organize a geek dinner with fellow geeks at an affordable venue, preferably with WiFi, where you can dine and chat about all things geek: hardware geeks, software geeks, web geeks, etc. Yummy! Sounds like what I face at lunch time with my colleagues!

The service provides dinner organisers, a calendar of upcoming dinners, reminder tools, a list of possible venue's and interactive maps on how to get to them, area based weblogs for telling the world about your geek dinners, a moblog for all to take part in and you will be able to access all of this from your desktop, your PDA and even you mobile phone.

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Via The Social Software Weblog.

Online social networking services are said to do much for businesses.

Xeni Jardin interviewed entrepreneurs, researchers, business consultants and power networkers and asked them how they use SNSes, if they are really working, which killer features they'd want to see, if the technology can be helpful for building businesses, etc.

From MSNBC, via WorldChanging.

Yellow Arrow is a spatial annotation project that started in Brooklyn (NY) in which anyone can mark places of interest with sticker and tell a story about it.

People print out and place yellow arrows in a public place of their choice. They make a digital photo and post the images with a personal description on the site; these are linked from a map on the website.

When other people come across a yellow arrow in a public place, they can call from their mobile phone and access the information from the site.

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Via Glowlab.
Thxx Stef.

Auracle is a networked sound instrument, controlled by the voice, played and heard over the Internet.

No need to be a musician nor a geek.

Users play Auracle with an ensemble of other people anywhere in the world. They can listen to the active ensembles on Auracle and find a group they want to join and jam with, or start a new ensemble and invite others to come and play.

Auracle will be officially launched this fall. But a preliminary release is available on the Website.

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From Neural.

Paname Ensemble has launched two weeks ago the first metro and RER map of bloggers from Paris and its region to stimulate exchanges between bloggers.
So far, already 300 blogs have been registered.

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The project is directly inspired by NYC bloggers, a map of the city --organized by subway stop-- that shows where the bloggers are.

The blog of Paname Ensemble is now inviting bloggers to write a story about "their" Paris: favourite walks, exhibitions, restaurants, bars, cinema, etc.

The authors of the entries having received more positive comments will win vouchers redeemable on amazon.fr.

From Zescoop.

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