Hewlett-Packard's Social Computing Lab is working on Gloe, an application that lets users search for, tag and bookmark pages that are relevant to their location. Gloe is available as a mobile app for Android and BlackBerry smartphones and as a cloud-based app, drawing on tagged Web content from Google, Wikipedia, Yelp and other sources. HP Labs has been working with HP's printer group on integrating Gloe with ePrint to inform users of the best printer services around them in an office.
Hewlett-Packard won't be mistaken for a bastion of cutting-edge Web 2.0
applications, but researchers at HP Labs are working to change that position.
HP's Social Computing Lab is working on Gloe,
an application that lets users search for, bookmark and
tag pages that are relevant to their location. Users may filter these tagged
Web pages by friends' recommendations, popularity, distance or even category.
For example, Gloe users can import their Facebook friends and filter on a
query-by-query basis to see what they have to say about a location.
Users may add new locally relevant Web pages to Gloe and automate Gloe
searches by subscribing to feeds. People may also create polls and vote in a
poll tagged with a particular location.
Gloe is available as a mobile application for Android and BlackBerry
smartphones and as a cloud-based application, making use of tagged Web content
from Google, Wikipedia, Yelp and other Web sources.
"The key thing here is we power the information by the crowd, so we let
anyone who uses the service go in and add recommendations and associate Web
pages with locations," HP Labs Researcher Thomas Sandholm told eWEEK in a
Sandholm said after looking at other recommendation and rating services he
and his team realized there is a low ratio of people rating and recommending
content. Gloe aims to make it easier for people to provide their opinions in a
This is interesting stuff for Web 2.0 geeks, but certainly not the type of
application industry watchers associate with HP.
Sandholm said while plans to transfer Gloe to technological assets within HP
are nascent, he and his team have been working with HP's printer group on
integrating Gloe with ePrint,
which lets users print from any mobile device. The idea is to let Gloe augment
ePrint by telling ePrint users about the best printer services around them in
an office. This would supplement the traditional print directory listings.
With HP acquiring Palm, Gloe could eventually become a native application on
Palm smartphones or even tablet computers.
Gloe is built on top of a distributed database framework using open-source
tools such as MySQL and Hadoop. HP is intent on getting developers in the mix
for Gloe, too, offering an open API to let
programmers write Gloe services for all kinds of mobile applications and
Currently, there are a few applications in Google's Android Market that use
Gloe, including local polling service Geo Poll, fan club service Geo Fan and
voice recorder Geo Sound.
Check out this Gloe screenshot
on ReadWriteWeb and this discussion of Gloe
by HP Social Computing Labs Director