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Re: The Physical Web

From: <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:32:28 +0200
To: "Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>, Daniel Appelquist <appelquist@gmail.com>
Cc: TAG List <www-tag@w3.org>, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Message-Id: <45891428427948@webcorp01g.yandex-team.ru>
07.04.2015, 17:15, "Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>:
> Daniel Appelquist <appelquist@gmail.com>, 2015-04-07 12:12 +0100:
>>  Archived-At: <http://www.w3.org/mid/6588A3E8-CAD0-4753-A78C-5039DA7BE674@gmail.com>
>>
>>  I have a physical web prototype kit and I’ve been playing around with it
>>  a bit and thinking how BLE “URI beacons” could be used in web scenarios.
[...]
>>  Possibly of more interest is the idea of “smart” beacons (enabled via the
>>  Intel Edison controller boards that are shipping with kits) that could
>>  enable the beacons to do more than just broadcast a static URL (for
>>  example, they could encode data into the URL based on the output of a
>>  sensor).
>
> Sure but I think even the basic idea is pretty interesting just on its own—
> I mean the idea of being able to passively discover information about
> objects in the physical world around you as you move around in it.

There were a lot of related discussions around talking signs - which originally were loops of audio tape broadcast at very low power, to be picked up by a radio receiver when pointed at them - enabling a blind user to find their way around e.g. Yerba Buena park, where they were installed a long time ago.

In the late 90s we talked about them emitting a URL instead, which would enable a lookup. 

I'm also interested in things that can communicate info on their own, instead of just identifying themselves and requiring a lookup - whose major benefit seems to be that it provides the resolvers (which seem likely to be large, and few) with a lot of data about where people go and what they look at. Although the question of who gets to program things that are more than an identifier is also interesting from a security perspective.

cheers

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