Now this year using my iPhone and Matt's Blackberry we were using the GPS tracking made possible with Google's Latitude. Great bit of software that is surprisingly accurate (for me anyway, Matt was in America at one point!
We where asked to go out and map something, but we had to follow a few simple rules that we came up with ourselves to make it completely random and hopefully come up with an intriguing pattern of some sort.
Our rules where to, follow a group (3 or more) of male young adults, then change to a group of mixed young adults when their path intersects ours, and then swap to a group of female young adults when their path intersects ours, before going back to the beginning using the same rules.
After we did this for roughly 45 minutes we went back to Babbage and went onto our Google accounts to see the results. Bear in mind before you do all this you TURN ON GPS history, something Matt didn't do. Nice work mate.
Here is the path in time and postcodes which I think looks quite cool in the way the viewer will have to properly look into and read what it says to get an idea of where the tracking is taking place.
Above is the basic GPS data and how Jon's map and interpretation of the data looked like explained by him below.
My take on the findings using a graffiti/modern art look to show the paths as we were in a city centre following youths, and I believed these two ideas could be represented with that iconic style. I also slightly extended the paths to show the direction the groups were heading before we changed direction. I used blue for boys, red for girls, and yellow for mixed groups. I also used a 3D effect with the slight differences in height representing the different group sizes.