Citymaps Gets Underway with a Global Social Mapping Platform
Citymaps has stunningly joined the global crowd-sourced map creation race. Citymaps is a new crowd-sourced social mapping platform that allows you create and share maps of your favorite and familiar places.
Leveraging the power of the crowd-in-cloud to create up-to-date, detailed and beautiful online social maps is the concept.
Map creation by people who know the areas best, such as in the case of OSM is the awesome idea. Users can easily explore every place around them at a glance, create and share wonderful maps with friends. Citymaps highlights the concept of personalized map-making, no two user’s maps looks exactly the same. it is a social map-making environment at its core.
The following are the major core functions Citymaps provides to the users:
- Quickly create maps of their favorite places on the go
- Collaborate with their friends on group maps
- Explore a library of maps by friends, locals, and publishers
- Share maps and locations via email, social, or SMS.
Presently Citymaps is available for free on iPhone in the Apple App Store and in the Citymaps website, the Android version will be available soon.
Take a glance at this video and have a feel at how it works! Have a great mapping time with Citymaps.
Bag2Go – The First Location-Enabled Suitcase
Have your luggage got lost at the airport? Did it happen to you that something went missing from your suitcase? You are not alone… I guess that the concept of ‘location-enabled’ suitcases is nothing new but there was no implementation worth looking at… until now.
Airbus decided to get serious about it, partnered with T-Mobiel and Rimowa (luggage producer) and packed a suitcase with GPS and RFID sensors together with GSM module in order to create ‘Bag2Go’, the first bag in the world that will sync up with your smartphone and tell exactly what happened with you bag. Pretty cool. It will also feature a built-in scale mounted in the handle to provide information on luggage weight.
The consortium claims that Bag2Go will not be much more expensive than a regular model (up-to 20% more, probably plus GSM carrier charges) but don’t expect much. It is still a prototype and we don’t know whether it will be actually available to buy for the mass market. The other possibility is renting. Airbus chief innovation officer Yann Barbaux said:
There are companies which already do this for maybe €25. We think with this system could be done for €8, and it would still be profitable.
I like this idea a lot. It is improving safety of your luggage and reassuring you that your bag is still coming while you’re the last one waiting in the luggage claim (or does it only happens to me?). I don’t know if you can do anything when you learn that your suitcase is on the other side of the world but at least you will know that. I hope that the project and other similar will be finally completed and released to the general public.