'You Are Here' maps course for directionally challenged

'You Are Here' maps course for directionally challenged

From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves, by Hiawatha Bray

By Marla Vacek Broadfoot, 10:04 AM April 17, 2014

These days, it can be almost impossible to get lost. The creation of affordable smartphones has put personal homing beacons into over a billion pockets and pocketbooks, enabling even the most directionally challenged to locate the nearest Starbucks or find their way around a traffic accident. Yet the technology that enables easy navigation was centuries — even millennia — in the making. Boston Globe technology reporter Hiawatha Bray chronicles the evolution of navigational and mapmaking tools...

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