Wristwatch Maps as Early Navigation System

Wristwatch Maps as Early Navigation System
Design
Christine Huang
  • 1 october 2008

A bit of archaic innovation/inspiration: Kottke points us to this precursor to satellite navigation, called the ‘Routefinder’ – a wristwatch-like device from the 1920s that offered simple route and mileage information for drivers in the UK. The analog navigation system allowed users to slot in interchangeable map scrolls that corresponded with different routes which they could physically scroll through as they journeyed on. The patented device is currently on display at the British Library along with several other pieces of “weird and wonderful labor-saving gadgets” that got lost – but not forgotten – in the annals of history.

Access this article for free
Fill in your email below and you'll gain access to this article while also receiving a number of membership features as part of a special 30-day trial.
*Already a member? Log in here

Learn About Our Membership Services

Need Research Help?
As a member you can ask us any research questions and get complimentary research assistance with a 4-day turnaround. Reports inclde stats, quotes, and best-inclass examples on research topics.
Remain Informed & Strategic
We publish several trends reports each month. By becoming a member you will have access to over 100 existing reports, plus a growing catalog of deep topical analysis and debrief-style reports so you always remain in the know.
See Trends Come To Life
Meet your peers and immerse yourself in monthly trend and innovation webinars and discounted conferences.
No search results found.