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Tips for the Directionally Challenged

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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Google Offers Free, Online Course All About Maps

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, maps, Tips for the Directionally Challenged | 0 comments

Google Offers Free, Online Course All About Maps

Attention- all directionally challenged people and map geeks alike! Google has just announced that it will offer a free, two-week, online course to teach you all about the  new Google Maps, Maps Engine Lite, and Google Earth. If you’ve always been intimidated by maps — even the online variety– this is a terrific opportunity to learn how to use Google’s great mapping products. The course is self-directed, so you should be able to take it at your own pace.  And if...

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Maps as Virtual Assistants?

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, maps, parking, smartphones, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Maps as Virtual Assistants?

If you’re directionally challenged, you may think of paper maps as adding confusion to your already turned-around world. But it’s time to reconsider how maps can be an integral – and enormously helpful – part of your life. An article by Ed Parsons, a geospatial technologist at Google, describes how future digital maps – like a good personal assistant – will help with your daily activities by giving you automatic, integrated information about weather, traffic, parking, alternate...

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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Seeing Street Addresses

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, street addresses, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Seeing Street Addresses

Has this ever happened to you?  You have an appointment in a medical office building or other place where you’ve never been before. You know the street address, you’ve followed your directions or GPS faithfully, but when you get there, you can’t verify that it’s the building you want: you just can’t see an address. Verifying that a particular building is the destination you’re seeking is part of the process of finding your way around, but it’s not always easy to do. ...

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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Uncategorized, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

  If you’re directionally challenged, here’s a simple, but important tip: pay close attention to wayfinding on all your journeys, large and small, indoors and outdoors. These days, so many distractions compete for your attention – digital devices, conversations, radio talk and music – that it’s hard to concentrate on any one thing. But it’s really important to focus on finding your way, especially if it doesn’t come easily to you. Here’s why: If you’re driving, it’s...

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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Prepare & Personalize Directions

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Prepare & Personalize Directions

  If you’re directionally challenged, you probably find it stressful and difficult to navigate in and around unfamiliar everyday places. Here are a couple of useful tips: Prepare for all your journeys, large and small, indoors and outdoors. And personalize your directions so they suit you to a T. To prepare for a drive, unless you use a GPS system, you may rely on online maps and directions, or ask a friend for good old-fashioned spoken directions. •    Find out the name of your...

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