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VolksNav - Google's Next Quantum Jump?

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Published on Apr 24, 2009

Google Tech Talk
April 8, 2009

ABSTRACT

Looking for a way to reform house numbering in Japan I've discovered fundamental weak points on actual orientation tools. The main gap is - a simple answer to the simple question "whereto?"

The answer is mostly complex because there is no simple answer to the simple question "where?", e. g. where is Mountain View? Where is WTC tower 2 (dilemma on 9/11)?

Names require maps, maps force to memorize a long chain of left-right commands.

I've developed a natural orientation system which will simplify and harmonize indoor and outdoor signage, cartography, postal codes, navigation devices etc. This system was inspired by the orientation around the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro and by the division of the horizon into 12 directions.

The basic proposal is to quantify this "where", simplifying the answer to "whereto". Finally, Google maps/earth could embed this new and much more natural orientation system and offer zoomable search grids and logical addresses.

Speaker: Henrique Köhler

- born 1946 near Deggendorf, south east Germany
- raised in S. Paulo / Brazil, also within the japanese colony Liberdade
- Dipl.-Ing. TU Munich, telematics and cybernetic
- worked for Siemens, Telenorma and Rohde & Schwarz
- projects on data transmission over broadcast transmitters, e.g. Radio Data System RDS, black lists, positioning etc.
http://www.volksnav.de/

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