Google’s Street View has become the canonical view of many places on Earth. Anyone with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world, can dial up a visual for billions of addresses. The Street View is a genre with universalizing tendencies. Every street becomes like every other street.
But what Google delivers in breadth, it loses in depth. The nature of the car camera technology means that all we see are exteriors passed by. Faces are blurred. We don’t really see people living their lives, so much as the backdrop against which they do so.
But this is what makes The Beat, a new project from the Rutgers Social Media Information Lab, so interesting. It mashes up geolocated, hashtagged Instagram photos with the Google Street View locations from which they were posed. In doing so, it provides the human foreground for these locations.
People focus on the most interesting things, on food, on each other, on the sky. Google Street View does not. The other thing we get with Instagram is time: events, sunsets, Thanksgiving dinners, parades.
We grabbed a few of favorites. Though, like with the Instagram mashup This Is Now, The Beat is best experienced yourself, letting the juxtapositions float by.
Which is what makes The Beat, a new project from the Rutgers Social Media Information Lab, so interesting. It mashes up geolocated, hashtagged Instagram photos with the Google Street View locations from which they were posed. In doing so, it provides the human foreground for these locations.
Make it easier for hackathon organizers to register attendees, organize teams, and view submitted projects. Serve to inform about the event’s schedule, sponsors, judges, featured APIs, rules, and more.
If you are a social media enthusiast, you probably start your day with logging onto your computer and finding out what the trending topics are. But what if you could do this while you were waking up in bed? RoosterAM helps you do exactly that.
Out of 19 presentations, Jablonowski won with his creation “Cockle Doodle Doo,” an alarm clock with the ability to call someone and read them the news, remind them of appointments and go through the most recent posts on whatever websites they frequent most.
Well you can’t do that just yet, but a Rutgers University college student may have invented the next best thing. Rooster.am is a crazy alarm clock, which not only wakes you up with “Cockle Doodle Doo” but also reads the news to you that you missed while you were sleeping. 20-year old hacker Ian Jennings unveiled his project to a group of 750 local tech enthusiasts at the monthly NY Tech Meetup.
Like many other college students, 19-year-old Ian Jennings Jablonowski treks to rock concerts and plays videogames. But the East Brunswick, N.J., native also designed his first website when he was 13. Now, he’s part of a new project trying to reshape New York’s job market.
When he’s in front of people, Ian Jennings Jablonowski, the 20-year-old hacker from New Brunswick, stands over his laptop like a DJ at a club, feet planted far apart and further out than they need to be, back hunched, arms stretched out. He talks fast and has piercings in both ears and in his lip. His pointy black hair looks like that of an anime character, and the straight-brimmed black hat that sits carefully askew on top of his head does not come off.