We are accustomed to using our mobile devices for all kinds of tasks, which is why we are accustomed to carrying them in the pocket at all times because thanks to its versatility we can give a huge number of uses.
It is clear that large technology firms are aware of this, so little by little have been focusing some of its developments towards these environments on meeting the ever – increasing, needs of the millions of mobile users there at all the world. One of the most important companies such as the Microsoft, despite its failure in terms of its own operating system, wants to be an important part of the mobility sector in other directions, such as applications and platforms.
That is why in this case we are going to talk about a curious new application of the Redmond that basically is responsible for guiding us through interior spaces, all without the need to use GPS. It is true that these devices and applications known as GPS for years have been ideal to find routes and help us travel, except when we are indoors, where walls and ceilings make it difficult to capture the signals from satellites to accurately identify our location.
Fortunately, Microsoft has been thinking about all this to launch a tool to help us navigate in places such as shopping malls, hospitals, office buildings, large garages, etc. That is why in the last two years, a group of specialists from the firm have developed the Path Guide app, an application for navigation indoors that is not based on GPS or WiFi to help us in guiding.
On the contrary, it works based on the collaboration of other users, including one that we could call “leader”, who record the paths through the interior spaces simply by walking with their phones in hand and allowing other users Follow those paths through on-screen instructions.
To achieve all this, the application uses the sensors of the phone itself to track the exact routes access as well as the number of steps needed to get somewhere. In addition, the creators of these routes can also add annotations as text and audio or make captures to show how to jump certain locks or to display access codes, for example. To say that once we have followed a specific path, we can share it publicly and make it available to others to make use of the route, all of this, of course, through the search tool Path Guide.
At the moment this is a project that is currently only available for devices based on Android of Google, even if their success increases, probably spreading to other platforms.
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