Thoughts & Ideas

the zoo maps of tomorrow

6 September, 2004 (07:59) | Thoughts & Ideas

just got back from the metro parks cleveland zoo this weekend and thought about a new way to do the maps.  they should give you a durable plastic one with a gps tracker in it.  Then you can have a dynamic “you are here” light.  for large groups or families that split up, you could add their tracker to your screen, so that you know where they are all the time.  that would help coordinate meeting times, meals, and just supervision. 


 I was just thinking a static layout of the map painted on the screen, but maybe it could be more like a tablet pc, and the park can update if the animals are outside that day, if a new exhibit is open, the times of shows, etc.  Certainly wouldn’t be cost effective to replace maps, but maybe for $20 extra a group could use these, then i bet they would catch on.

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  • Runering

    sounds good, but you might have to wait a wee while for the tech to become cheap enough for it to cost $20 (£10?)

  • Runering

    sounds good, but you might have to wait a wee while for the tech to become cheap enough for it to cost $20 (£10?)

  • sixf00t4

    well, i was just thinking of renting it for the day for $20.  it shouldn’t be that expensive, again, depends on how advanced you make it.  if you do one of those green screens with black writing/pictures like those tiger video games or calculators.  those would be really cheap.  i bet you could make them for $20.  it would just be the wireless technology invovled.

  • sixf00t4

    well, i was just thinking of renting it for the day for $20.  it shouldn’t be that expensive, again, depends on how advanced you make it.  if you do one of those green screens with black writing/pictures like those tiger video games or calculators.  those would be really cheap.  i bet you could make them for $20.  it would just be the wireless technology invovled.

  • Runering

    just figured out that yes $20 is about £10, but you can get more for $20 than you would for £10, so maybe possible….

  • Runering

    just figured out that yes $20 is about £10, but you can get more for $20 than you would for £10, so maybe possible….