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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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Use Good Sense When Following GPS Commands

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Google Maps, GPS | 0 comments

Use Good Sense When Following GPS Commands

While GPS and map apps are often thought of as life-savers by directionally challenged people, they should not substitute for good directional – or, at least, common – sense. Take a look at this “CBS This Morning” video showing footage of a car whose driver followed her Google Maps directions to the letter, even when signage and other cues strongly indicated otherwise. This true story of an Oregon driver is followed by a similar, fictional, GPS-inspired scene from the TV show, “The...

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Wayfinding Researchers Win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in cognitive maps, GPS, hippocampus, navigation, neuroscience, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

Wayfinding Researchers Win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine

This is an exciting day in the world of wayfinding – for the directionally challenged and non-challenged alike! Three researchers, John O’Keefe, Edvard Moser, and May-Britt Moser were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering “an inner GPS, in the brain” responsible for helping all creatures navigate, including human beings. Read more about it and them in this New York Times article by Lawrence...

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GPS and Front-seat Dynamics

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Finding your way as you drive, Google Maps, GPS, travel, Wayfinding, wayfinding technology | 0 comments

GPS and Front-seat Dynamics

In those golden days of yesteryear, long before GPS was even a twinkle in the eye of computer geeks, drivers and passengers often found the front seat of the car a great place to disagree. One may have insisted that he (or she) knew the way, while the other was absolutely certain they were headed in the wrong direction. These “discussions” often escalated into accusations and recriminations – perhaps funny at first, then not so much. GPS was supposed to fix all that. With always...

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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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Wearable Wayfinding Technology is All the Rage!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in GPS, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding, wayfinding technology | 0 comments

Wearable Wayfinding Technology is All the Rage!

Two of the latest products inquiring (directionally challenged) minds want to know about: SuperShoes and Lechal Haptic Footwear. SuperShoes are insoles that tickle your toes to help you find your way. According to an article in Gizmag by Nick Lavars, these silicone inserts (that you can slip into in “regular” shoes) contain “an onboard microcontroller, a Bluetooth low-energy chip, a capacitive pad under the big toe, and three vibrotactile motors placed underneath the smaller toes.”...

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