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An app, that automatically links to geographically appropriate Wikipedia pages.
Turn on your phone, tablet or other device and learn historically
interesting (yet ultimately pointless) info nuggets about where
Driving slowly is recommended unless you can read fast.
Someone tell me where to find the baked goods?
source idea. [Skewed, Dec 09 2018]
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||// ultimately pointless //
||// Someone tell me where to find the baked goods? //
||All your bun are belong to us.
||"And, if you look to your right as you approach this next
corner, you'll see what is officially England's most accident-
prone road junction."
||Google Earth (not Maps) had this, years ago. As you looked around on
the globe, if you zoomed in enough and had the right layer turned on,
you'd see Wikipedia article markers you could click on. I don't know if
it still has them. Wikipedia articles for places almost always have
geographic coordinates in them (at the top right on desktop), so I
guess that's what they used. It also had photos in a similar
arrangementIIRC, Wikimapia was the name of the company that
provided the association between photos and places; Google Earth
just integrated their data. But Google Earth isn't commonly used to
track your current location as you move about.
||The app Field Trip, by Niantic (creators of Ingress and Pokémon Go,
which use interesting real-world places in-game but don't give much
or any info about them AFAIK), was supposed to do something like
this, giving you notifications with info about places you passed,
though IDK if was wiki-based, and it never actually did anything on my
phone for some reason.
||I think Layar might have done something like this too.
||But a simple app to do this on a map of your surroundings, and little
else, remains unbaked, to my knowledge.
||WIFRT, I thought it was going to be crowd-sourced corrections to
sat-nav data glitches.
||F'rinstance, there's an intersection near me where, the harder the
local council indicates "no right turn here" (first with road
markings, then with a sign on a pole, then with anchored traffic
cones), the more the Google Lady tells me to turn right there.
||There oughta be a way to tell the gatekeepers of all the world's
information that they're missing some information - otherwise, I
foresee a hilarious tragedy unfolding with a self-driving car and a
row of concrete bollards.
||[pertinax] There's a menu option to send feedback in Google
maps. You have to be logged in. Then you can click the
menu button in the upper left and select "send feedback".
I've reported a couple errors this way and they were fixed
||[notexactly], I was thinking of something tied into the GPS
that updated as you moved, a text-to-voice
would be nice too (which would make it a sort of
tour guide then), but a lot of that's pretty close to what I
||All the elements probably exist
in one form or another, just maybe not all tied
up in one handy package with the
"look & feel" I was imagining.
||Thank you, [scad]. I'll try that.