Users equipped with a GPS-enabled Windows mobile device running the mscape player can move through the physical world, triggering digital media - including images, text, sounds, audio and video - in response to physical events such as location, proximity, time and movement. Josephine Reid, who is leading the HP Labs team said: “We think of this as a new medium, like a digital fourth dimension laid over a physical space”.
The site, http://www.mscapers.com, allows consumers to create, post and share their digital location-based mediascape experiences. Mediascapes can be created using simple, web-based authoring wizards. For more advanced mediascapes, a PC-based authoring toolkit is available for download.
The mscape offers consumers and professionals an easy way to create digital tourism guides or location-based games. Once a user has created a mediascape, it can be published on the website, to be made available to the public.