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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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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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Maps as a Window into New York City’s History

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in digital maps, maps | 0 comments

Maps as a Window into New York City’s History

It’s easy to consider maps only as a present-day navigation tool, but they can also be a key to the past. If you live in, travel to, or have roots in, New York City, you’ll want to know about an enormous collection of NYC maps recently released by the New York Public Library as free, high-res, digital downloads. http://on.nypl.org/1hjeZOS This map treasure trove includes 1000+ maps of NYC spanning the 17th – 20th centuries, “which detail transportation, vice, real estate...

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New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in digital maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Through the wonders of technology, some maps have expanded their reach from basic wayfinding tools to enlightening information displays. The latest maps do both: providing information displays that aid personal navigation. Case in point: maps that allow you to see at a glance how long it will take to get from here to there on foot or using public transit. Andrew Hardin, a grad student at the University of Colorado, developed a series of ingenious maps – using heat-map visualization – for a...

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How to Cope if GPS Fails You

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in address, digital maps, Directional Sense, getting lost, GPS | 0 comments

How to Cope if GPS Fails You

GPS is the technological wonder many directionally challenged people adore. Much of the time, it can guide you all the way from your starting point to your destination with no muss or fuss, but sometimes . . . it doesn’t know your destination, or even your address. An article in Aitkinage.com (Aitkin County, MN) describes how there may be a difference between local information and maps and the databases used for GPS services. This can cause a problem for those who depend on their GPS devices...

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Latest Innovation of Google Maps’ Street View in London, England

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in digital maps, Google Maps, landmarks, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Latest Innovation of Google Maps’ Street View in London, England

Directionally challenged people (and the not-so challenged too) often have a love/hate relationship with wayfinding technology. GPS and online mapping services can fail us at the worst of times, but can also provide orientation thrills and chills. A story on USAToday.com, by Stephanie Haven, describes Google Maps’ latest innovation. If you’ll be traveling to London, England (actually, or in your dreams. . .) you can now have a 360-degree “street view” of the river Thames. With...

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