With WideNoise you can monitor the noise levels around you, everywhere you go. You can also check the online map to see the average sound level of the area around you. Do you live in a “sleeping cat area” or in a more noisy “rock concert area”? Are you able to find the most silent spot in the city? And that park is really as silent as you think?
WideNoise has a long history, from being a pioneering iPhone “spime” to being the showcase product of WideTag’s OpenSpime protocol and WideSpime infrastructure. After being awarded the inclusion in the ADI Design Index 2011 and being cited as the Top 10 Internet of Things object of 2009 by the New York Times and Read Write Web, now version WideNoise 3 has been updated as a social research tool within the EveryAware project.
EveryAware is a project of the European Union, intending to integrate environmental monitoring, awareness enhancement and behavioral change”, in collaboration with the ISI Foundation, Institute for Scientific Interchange and CSP ICT Innovation of Turin, Italy, and the University of Rome, and the L3S Research Center of the University of Leibniz in Hannover, Germany.
EveryAware integrates environmental monitoring, awareness enhancement and behavioral change by creating a new technological platform combining sensing technologies, networking applications and data-processing tools.
While the old rusted style was in many ways a trademark that distinguished WideNoise 2.0, we decided for the research project to go through a full redesign and make it more like a professional tool, with a sheer metal surface and orange lights. With the cooperation of the whole EveryAware project we added also some additional features like the slider to try and guess how much noise is there and the panel to add more details about the sampled noise itself.
All the raw data detections are being sent to the EveryAware server for collection and analysis. The App is free, its source is released with an open license.
WideNoise 3 has its own minisite where you can download the app for iPhone and for Android, and visualize the results on a shared dynamic online map.
Almost all the business books say that when you create a company you should always know just how to make money. In fact you could say that the corporation is the administrative, organizational and governance framework put in place, when a specific product idea, service, etc. has begun to make money.
Well, the sense of creating WideTag, for us founders, has never been that.
We set ourselves the mission to contribute, as we did, to
- give a name to the change, which is now called by everybody “Internet of Things”
- trace some of its possible products
- partly solve some difficult technological constraints
We also defined scenarios using them, launching into a new world of Spime that on one hand leads to Gaia, and the other to the Singularity.
The field of investigation for WideTag is very large. We started from the open source protocols (OpenSpime), the prototype for crowdsourced ecology (CO2), projects for energy efficiency (Social Energy Meter), iPhone applications for environmental monitoring (WideNoise), and then again with the open source Erlang Library misultin, and all this while participating as speakers in over thirty international conferences, creating the Spime Design Workshops, and more.
WideTag co-generated a lot of experience and knowledge, and made us feel proud to be part of it.
Conversely, if we start from the definition of research—as the transformation of money into knowledge, versus innovation, understood here as the transformation of knowledge into money—it is time to acknowledge that we prefer a search without giving too much attention to those project opportunities which are certainly profitable, but objectively incapable of producing new knowledge.
This is accelerating and as we progress towards the future. Today, our cultural challenge is more alive than in the early days, and we founders, changed by the journey undertaken with WideTag, have now irrevocably become the agents of change. A change too large to be contained (only) within the walls of WideTag’s network. For this, we redesigned WideTag as a cultural startup!
A place of the mind where we can carry out the applied research that corporations are not yet considering as products or services, viable for the market.
So while the startup culture (according to Google this is as well a non-trivial innovation) takes two steps forward and takes care of open projects, the founders’ day jobs will be elsewhere. We’ll go—indeed, we have already gone—in those companies and those places that have a dimension and a market such that can allow us to design relevant solutions.
Leeander, as Global Director of User Experience of Publicis Healthware, will contribute to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things technology and industry in a sector—that of the Health and wellness—that is a leader in the development of Internet of Things projects.
Roberto, is helping many companies from California to Israel to make their technologies truly scalable. And David took the position of CEO of dotSUB, which is in the cusp of the three exponential trends of the social Internet, online video, and the globalization of communication, education, and commerce.
So we’re all going to do things that WideTag has already allowed us to experiment at least in part. And for this reason, feeding this cultural startup is a benefit for all.