Virtual Jogging – Offline meets Online

We have seen plenty of Mashups been created around Google Maps, starting from retail locators to geo blogs. But I am really happy to see the “Tokyo Jogging” one, a new mashup of Wii technology and Google Maps that allows users to take a virtual jog through the streets of Tokyo.

Created by software engineer Ryo Katsuma, Tokyo Jogging functions much like Wii Sports Jogging. Users begin by downloading free server software from the site. They then connect their Wiimote to Google Maps’ Street View, and hold the Wiimote while jogging in place in front of their computer. Google’s Street View guides them along the streets of Tokyo, giving the impression of a brisk jog through the city. A video demonstrates the application in action.

There has been a spurt of activity these days which aim to blur the lines between offline and online…and this is a great example of just that. There is a lot to gain for those who can make the most of this intersection. Read up, be inspired and start some mashing up of your own.

Who will be the first?

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~ by digivine on April 14, 2009.

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