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Monday, January 26, 2004Icy 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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