Project Placesite is exploring the ad-hoc social networks enabled by Wi-Fi hotspots.
What's this about? Project PlaceSite introduces a new way of using wireless networks -- to create a local information service by, for and about people who are in the same café together.
Three U.C. Berkeley students are carrying out this research project at a café in Berkeley. We hope PlaceSite, and projects inspired by PlaceSite, will form an open platform that enhances community gathering places around the world.
How does Project PlaceSite work? Imagine opening your laptop computer in a neighborhood café and firing up a Web browser. Instead of your usual startup page, imagine this on your screen:
This site is visible only to other people within range of the café's wi-fi hot spot.