I am passionate about adventure travel and have often wondered about our sad dependancy on dated printed literature to interpret the great outdoors. As a self-initiated design study, I focused on the needs of selecting destinations for exploration and the immense satisfaction of timely access to geo-tagged information.
In subsequent sketches, I will examine the social aspects of sharing media in the outdoors and also how this could be adapted for dense urban areas.
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Pre-planning stage. Firing up the MapBoard app.
Various media available. User downloads all for offline viewing.
Media by various visitors may be viewed and downloaded along with GPS coordinates.
Setting off to the location in search of wildflowers.
An alert from the app announcing that a place where a note was geo-tagged is within range.
Traveller may access the media. Note that an audio recording is also available.
Audio notes can make for very compelling experiences. Imagine a park ranger's audio recording of the local flora and fauna.
The traveller in turn, is compelled to leave his own experience as a note for other travellers.
Notes can be anything - audio, video, photos, text
Traveller may give this place a virtual name, choose to hide it, or limit its exposure. His media is uploaded when back in signal/wifi range.
The journey continues.