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Monday, January 26, 2004

Icy Pole
In preparation for my trip to Helsinki and then the USA next week, I've been working very hard for the last while on our new project, code named, Icy Pole. Basically, its a P2P client which runs on the most recent Java enabled mobile phones and uses Bluetooth for the network communication. The secret sauce is that we've added a recommendation engine on top of the app so that the whole communication, search, and alerting is all automated.

It works thus:

The Icy Pole enabled phone automatically looks for and forms a network with other Icy Pole enabled phones. They exchange details of the music, photos, movies etc.. available on the phones and then match it using the Icy Pole recommendation engine so that the phone user only gets an alert when there is content they would be interested in nearby.

I think its pretty cool; the whole ad-hoc network forming and deforming as you and others move about with the system automatically monitoring your environment (in this case the content in the network) and recommending you content you might like.

On top of the P2P type app, we're doing work to use the underlying tech to utilise the social networking stuff that's going on at the moment and to have people matching done using Icy Pole.

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neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine

Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com