(By summer resident David Boardman during August of 2007.) TransDanube is a networked object, a spime, a blogject, a "thing that thinks". It is a home-made boat equipped with technological stuff that flows randomly along Danube river according to its unpredictable dynamics. It's our Balkans' Voyager I spaceship. No way to control it. We can just collect data from TD's boat as they come. Right now it should be located somewhere between Budapest and the Black Sea. Google him. Or watch what's going on around the tiny and fragile boat. Our "thing that thinks" will compose daily his travel log, using informations on acrossed locations and environment conditions that will create the base of the discourse. That is a discourse of a blogject. An object that blogs.
very interesting project :
I worked on Transdanube during August 2007 during my residence in KiBu.
In that period, I focused on the concept then developed the web application (to hook the data to environmentXML - now Pachube - GoogleMaps and other geo-based webservices - weather channel, georss, wikipedia, etc) and built a preliminary physical prototype with a cell phone + gps + arduino and a bunch of environmental sensors.
And by the way Daniel Spitzberg mentionned wunderground.com, the best weather data site, let's play!