Thursday, 17 February 2011
For areas you already know, a random route generator could be used to add variety. Additionally, the user would be able to mark certain stretches as "like" (e.g. a nice path down by a lake) and these be added in more often.
It also occurs to be that the same concept would useful for police patrols: to ensure full coverage; and to prevent criminals predicting where the police will be. The random routes for police could also be modified with crime data, so that hotspots are visited more often.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
The diagram below is a top down view of what I have referred to as a simultaneous exchange booth. There are two boxes set in a wall. The boxes have a perspex hatch (in brown) that allows the trade partners to see what is being exchanged. The hatch can only be opened if both doors are shut, and both parties simultaneously depress the levers.