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Google Maps Now Warns You about Traffic & Construction

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in apps, digital maps, Finding your way as you drive, Google Maps, GPS | 0 comments

Google Maps Now Warns You about Traffic & Construction

Google Maps is a pretty useful navigation aid, although not yet perfect. It now sports an updated feature telling you where to expect traffic and road construction and how long you may be stuck or need to proceed at a crawl. Read more about it here: http://ti.me/1LCqQ7n ————————————— If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R....

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Museum of Modern Art’s App Helps Directionally-Challenged Art Lovers

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in apps, Directionally challenged, museums, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Museum of Modern Art’s App Helps Directionally-Challenged Art Lovers

Museum apps for smart phones and tablets are becoming commonplace and, in addition to scads of information about their offerings, offer directionally-challenged patrons assistance with finding their way around. Check out this one from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. If you’ve used it, let us know about your experience. http://bit.ly/1la1542 Here’s a review: http://nwsdy.li/1mEiq7T   ————————————— If...

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Finding Your Way to the Most “Beautiful, Quiet, Happy” Route

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in apps, digital maps, GPS, navigation, research, travel, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Finding Your Way to the Most “Beautiful, Quiet, Happy” Route

Today’s technology is getting ever better at helping us find the most efficient way of getting from here to there, even taking road construction and traffic into account. But what about those times when you care more about the quality of the journey rather than its distance or speed? How can you find your way to the most beautiful route? In an innovative study, researchers at Yahoo Barcelona (Spain) and the University of Torino (Italy) developed and tested a way of determining an...

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While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in apps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, GPS, tracking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

If you’re directionally challenged, your New Year’s resolutions may relate to GPS devices: get one that’s always accurate, only use voice prompts when driving (ignore that distracting screen), and even learn to rely on your own devices more and GPS less. But here’s another reason to be aware of GPS: while you’re watching it, it may also be watching you. A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that companies providing location-based services (in personal...

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New Website & App Maps Access for People with Mobility Disabilities

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in accessibility, apps, maps, website | 0 comments

New Website & App Maps Access for People with Mobility Disabilities

Directionally challenged people aren’t the only ones who have a hard time making their way from one place to another.  A Time.com article reports on a crowd-sourced app and website – AXS Map – created by Jason DaSilva, a filmmaker with multiple sclerosis. http://bit.ly/19WJUOU AXS Map, powered by Google Maps, allows users to rate local businesses for accessibility (the ratings show on a map) and enables people with mobility disabilities to know in advance if they will be able to enter...

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Which is Better for Your Brain: GPS or Maps?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in apps, cognitive maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, getting lost, hippocampus, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

Which is Better for Your Brain: GPS or Maps?

The latest GPS news is not another app or whiz-bang device for your car or smartphone: it’s a report about the not-always-helpful effects of using technological shortcuts to find your way around. An article in the Boston Globe online,“Do Our Brains Pay a Price for GPS?”, by Leon Neyfakh, makes the case for why the good old-fashioned way of navigating with signs, maps, and directions may be best after all. He writes that, “Technology is disrupting something the human brain is supposed to...

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