Geocron: Another Creepy, Locationally Aware Automatic Socializer

Travel News — By Ben Van Loon on July 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm

When you know someone special in your life is flying, it can sometimes be hard to concentrate until you know they’re okay. You (usually) can’t make phone calls on airplanes, and there isn’t a good signal everywhere. Plus, you don’t want to seem overbearing, so sometimes you just have to stew in anticipation until your loved one calls you and says, “I made it.”

Well, thanks to Geocron, this scenario may be a thing of the past. It’s yet another locationally aware program that utilizes Google Latitude to send out automatic text and e-mail notifications when you’ve reached and arrived at certain points along your trip. In a sense, Geocron is a more sociable version of Google Latitude, and is perhaps a bit more like Foursquare. What Geocron does is cut out the necessity of a phone call. If you arrive at the airport, Geocron knows this and e-mails the applicable parties – which you determine on your own.

The application was created by some of the fellows over at Sunlight Labs, who looked at the way people still communicate – that is, manually – and asked, why not automate? Back in the 40s and 50s, science fiction predicted that most processes would be automated by now, and with applications like Geocron, we could be well on our way to a world of automated communication. The people at Sunlight explain how they made the application, and talk about how it could still use a simpler interface, for the less technologically savvy among us.

With Geocron, you can even have the device ping a website and announce where you are; if you’re part of a group trip or tour, Geocron creates a way for you and everyone else to stay connected. Of course, the overbearing mother or father might also like to utilize the device to keep track of wayward children. As technology continues to develop, it becomes second nature, and perhaps Geocron is a sign of future developments in automation.

[Image: sunlightlabs]

Tags: geocron, google latitude, locationally-aware, overbearing, sunlight labs, technology

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