Geocoding system catching on
2019-08-16 at 9:28 PM UTC
What3words is a geocoding system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three metres. What3words encodes geographic coordinates into three dictionary words; the encoding is permanently fixed. For example, the omphalos of Delphi, believed by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world, is located at "spooky.solemn.huggers".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What3words
Jess Tinsley and her friends after they got lost in a forest on a dark, wet night. They had planned a five-mile circular stroll through the 4,900 acre (2,000 hectare) woodland Hamsterley Forest, in County Durham, on Sunday evening, but after three hours they were hopelessly lost. "We were in a field and had no idea where we were," the 24-year-old care worker from Newton Aycliffe said. "It was absolutely horrendous. I was joking about it and trying to laugh because I knew if I didn't laugh I would cry."https://tech.slashdot.org/story/19/08/16/1837236/what3words-the-app-that-can-save-your-life
At 22:30 BST they found a spot with phone signal and dialled 999. "One of the first things the call-handler told us to do was download the what3words app," Ms Tinsley said. "I had never heard of it." Within a minute of its download, the police said they knew where the group was and the soaked and freezing walkers were swiftly found by the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.
2019-08-17 at 5:31 PM UTC
Originally posted by Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What3words
it baffles me how people in 2019 still go in into the woods 19th century style, without an offline maps in their cellphones and powerbanks and / or handcranked usb chargers.
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