Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Routefinder

The Routefinder, 1920's navigation system (The British Library).

The ‘Routefinder’ showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end. The technology consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ‘scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking (source).



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4 comments:

  1. Oh my, what an interesting thing! Thank for sharing this wonderful post with us. Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Looks a bit old fashion now, but still, a neat idea.

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  3. Google maps is all well and good until you find yourself outside of cell coverage (as happened recently to me and the Mrs.) Normally we'd print out a hard-copy map but we have been lulled into a false sense of security in today's technology.

    This is an awesome little gizmo - wonder if the patent is current on that? ;)

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    1. Yes, map apps can be very convenient, but when on vacation I always also take an old-school paper map with me!

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