Orientation alarm! Cardinal points got forgotten and human beings degenerated to right/left idiots - and sometimes confuse right and left. VolksNav(c) is the right tool to change this with learning-by-playing.
Did you know that when someone loses orientation in Rio de Janeiro he/she instinctively uses the Christ statue as reference? That means:
- do I have to go inwards or outwards ?
- do I have to go clockwise or counter clockwise?
This is a Time/Space Convention:
- if I look OUTwards, right hand will be "to later". This is similar to "if I look in flow direction, right hand will be the right riverside".
Soldiers, boy scouts, pilots, the blind etc. use imaginary clocks for more than 100 years, why not average people? Because this Convention had relevant gaps.
Street children are street smart: they can read a clock and they understand very quickly that r7 must be closer to r5 than to r10. All children have found all coins with just one attempt. A Convention was born which can be used even for international understanding.
The "hours" can be divided into minutes, preferable as a DISTANCE to the own hour line. One unity of radius or minutes corresponds to 1 "block of houses", 100 yards or 100 meters. With this, positions can be QUANTIFIED in that way that average people can understand. I call this a quantum jump.
The last element missing was the alternative to Rio's landmark. After many years, also this challenge has been solved elegantly.
The first line of the app will show an urban location code. This code contains more information than a post code and it will harmonize with future codes for crossings, stations, stop points, bridges, tunnels etc.
VolksNav detects automatically user's city within a scope of almost 500 cities. To find the location code of the target, just click once or twice this point on the map of the city listed on www.volksnav.de/mapplet. The version VolksNav2 contains maps where you can read the codes with the help of the kilometrical search grid or by clicking.
The second line is a worldwide innovation: a compass which lets you know the direction to the center of the city, and this just with text! With the help of this imaginary Center Pointer, a self-guiding like in Rio will be possible by simple comparison of radius and "time". VolksNav2 shows the same information with a graphic.
With the help of a line reader, even the blind can get StreetSmart.
Now let's declare some Conventions:
VolksNav2 shows another innovation: the view direction on map, the so-called QuoVides(R), your actual view m-direction. For example, the expression QuoVides 9 means that you're looking/walking/driving/flying in direction sunset.
So your shoes are like the hours hand of a clock, see also QuoVides(R).
Now let's start playing!
The following instructions may sound unfamiliar, but after 2 exercises you'll confirm: all this is very easy and VolksNavigation is great.
Beginners should first turn the body until they look OUTwards.
After this, StreetSmarti will make a major/minor comparison between the actual and the target code.
Target embracing: divide the horizon into 4 quadrants with your arms.
Comparing additionally the values of the codes, StreetSmarties can divide the horizon into 12 directions.
On this example, this will be:
"I must go 600m inwards (8 - 2)
and 200m to earlier,
consequently more inwards than to earlier".
With this new clock around you body, it will be possible to calculate the distance to the target (more than 8 but less than 8+2). Instead of navigating with the urban clock, you could navigate as follows:
The aerial m-direction to your target is called beeline (BL) and you can define BL with the help of the compass. On following picture, this would be the result:
BL = m10
Let's make an exercise:
which is the BL from the prior example m7:2 r8 to m7r2?
If it's not possible to follow the BL directly, instinctively you'd go zigzag: sometimes "earlier" than BL, sometimes "later". This can be expressed as follows:
ZZ = m11 m8 m12 m8
Besides: this is also a methode to avoid right/left confusions.
Attention: the compass must be calibrated acc. to producer's instructions, magnetic fields etc. can influence the indication.
As you can see, a life without maps is possible and wise.
Therefore: all described tools are valid with maps and will make it easier to read them, e. g.: "from the subway station in direction m5".
It is recommended to use such tools also on scavenger hunts, orienteering races, geocaching etc.
go one step in direction to your urban address m8:5 r20.
This is the logical address of the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, also called Wiesn (meadows). If you are there, VolksNav2 will automatically switch to the indoor system.
You're invited to visit "Wiesn m9 r25" to enjoy the beatiful panorama.
Besides: the Bavaria statue is a QuoVides(R) 3, she looks to sunrise like the Sphinx and the Christus statue in Rio. The Liberty statue in NY is a QuoVides(R) 5.