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The Proximeter: An Instrument For Ambient Social Proximity Awareness

The Proximeter: An Instrument For Ambient Social Proximity Awareness

MIT masters student John Kestner has conceptualized the Proximeter, an instrument that takes location data and presents it in a meaningful way.

Caleb Kramer

MIT masters student John Kestner has conceptualized the Proximeter, an instrument that takes location data and presents it in a meaningful way.

The Proximeter is an ambient social navigation instrument that tracks the past and future proximity of one’s social cloud in an ambient display. By reading existing calendar and social network feeds, and abstracting these into a glanceable pattern of paths, it nurtures a social proprioception, creating more face-to-face interactions.

Through this, users could be connected to old friends who happen to be nearby at the right place and the right time. This reminds us of Foursquare matchmaking service Meet Gatsby. Kestner could be onto something with the Proximeter, in the past few months a number of location visualization services have emerged. BumpRADAR, Vicarious.ly, and now Kickball all map out check-in data, bringing users this new awareness of who’s close by.

John Kestner

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