The Movement

Journeypedia

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Katie100
Katie100 | Mar 24, 2016 | in Rate These Prototypes

Keep youself or your kids amused with info about the passing world. Uploaded researched and local knowledge - pick a subject and enjoy.  Double click picture to see every detail.

edited on Mar 24, 2016 by Katie100

kate thacker Mar 25, 2016

loved this one from the start of it conception and I mentioned it many moons it seem now hehe. it could be a little saviour for the kids. but for everyone too. I love going somewhere or in any day really finding out a little snippet of something I never new before. it makes you feel good and keep entertained.

Gill Chedgey Mar 25, 2016

Hey kateandme, long time no see. You okay, buddy?

Nicky Griffiths Mar 25, 2016

Yes, I too wondered where she'd disappeared to!

kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

hello pretty ladies. yes something happened wth me receiving emails as to when the next concepts were up!!so ive been sat at home waiting for the email to tell me when to come back. I wasn't happy :(

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

I had this issue for weeks but they finally got it resolved.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 26, 2016

That's a shame! x

Gill Chedgey Mar 26, 2016

Oh, you should have logged into the site anyway!! We missed you.

kate thacker Mar 27, 2016

aww thanks whizz,i did try nd it wouldn't let me in.said the page erroorrrrr

Nicky Griffiths Mar 28, 2016

Maybe this has also happened to other people - I just assumed they had dropped off along the way!

Gill Chedgey Mar 28, 2016

Me too!

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Nicky Griffiths Mar 25, 2016

This would have been good years ago but I wonder whether the children of today are really interested in their surroundings. I think they may be too interested in playing games or whatever on their smartphones or watching in-car DVDs. I think adult passengers and train travellers would find this interesting though.

kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

but surely we should be encouraging it,and this type of thing needs to be brought back to ge tthem into this stuff again.

Gill Chedgey Mar 25, 2016

I like the opportunity to select either kids or adults, probably impossible to come up with data that would appeal to both generations in one option. Anything that stimulates and educates our next generation and draws them away from too digital a world has got to be good. However today's kids seem to need high octane stimuli to really pique their interest which is where I would have reservations with this. For adults it's a difference matter. If I was told I was passing a castle built in 1434 I'd want to stop and see it! I'd want to know more.

kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

I think if we allow ourselves to get back to basics we'd be ok. kids allowed to be kids and going on this stuff I think theyd learn to relish it again.

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

I think kids would want to stop and see things too leading to tantrums and tears when its not possible.

kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

then parents be parents and just say no!

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Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

Overall I think the information in this app is overlapping with other apps and websites that are already in existence. As someone who gets very irritated by speaking sat navs this app would have a similar affect on me. I don't travel with children much at present but if they were using it they would be given headphones. I can also envisage children wanting to go to places mentioned immediately and there is a risk of family arguments disrupting journeys. I also think it is nice for parents to educate their children themselves during a journey. You may not know everything but you have a captive audience and it's nice to chat to them as you drive and to not have devices such as DVD players on all the time.

For adults I think people would be looking for many different things from this app and you would want settings on it to filter out the stuff you don't want. I would much rather listen to music and if I am on a train I enjoy googling to find out things. The other issue with this app is of course the availability of WIFI, if you were running off 3or 4G the data cost could be huge if ran during a long journey.

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

to be honest, its not just being able to run off 3 or 4G... where I live the only place I can get 3G mobile signal is outside Tesco... the next location I can access 3G is 30 miles away, outside Tesco in the next town along!!

Most of the journey between those 2 locations is beautiful... with things to see, but the mobile signal is gprs at best... and sometimes there is no signal at all.

So, can this run off gps the same as a satnav? If it can't, then the app will be very limited in its use.

Katie100 Mar 28, 2016

yes, this didn't come through to the prototype clearly, but it would work from just gps on a phone or like a satnav. I did a long journey by myself this weekend and used sat nav properly for the first time (I can drive but I haven't had a car for many years, I borrowed my parents) and noticed it had a 'places of interest' option. I was tempted, but a bit nervous of the journey so didn't!

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

ooh so this type of thing is obviously popular to some extent if gadets use places of interest already,
could it make I tpossible to team up with a whole host of other gadgets, if it told you place of interest would it then map it out,distance it is away etc.
say if it gave a place of interest or fact could it link up to buy tickets even

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

Thanks for clarifying about the GPS Katie. That's interesting about the places of interest option on your parents Satnav I'm not sure if my one has that option. It could be good research for this prototype.

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

Thanks for explaining it runs off gps... I use places of interest quite often on our cycle sat nav... where is the nearest coffee shop being the top of the list when we don't know where we are... we can load data for anywhere in Europe, and it's really useful.... Last summer, our next door neighbours on the campsite, had used POI on their cycle sat nav to find the nearest camp site... so these can contain a wealth of information... you need to make sure your sat nav can include a memory card though as the amount of data required is quite extensive.

Katie100 Mar 30, 2016

aha, thank you - I will try it next time I use the car and see what I get.

Gill Chedgey Mar 31, 2016

I think gps is more suited to car travel than 3G/4G. Apps for Satnavs? Are Satnavs considered to be smart devices? The technology is different but with some dual core research there could be a crossover?

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

My sat nav has some apps... but they are only the ones developed by the satnav manufacturer... it's not the same as a smartphone where apps are developed by all and sundry!

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Jade Hewlett Mar 26, 2016

I really like this idea as long as the topics are interesting and relevant to what I'd want to know about. I think it would be great for adults but like mentioned maybe children need more to keep them interested. Maybe they'd be more interested if there was a fun character who told them the information on the app and there could be fun or educational games and stories along the way based on the locations the apps picked up. It's fair enough discussing the castle over there but unless they can see it clearly or know what it looks like it wouldn't be as much fun and they may get discouraged. Not everything will be as clear to see as that picture because of traffic or weather or maybe even trees so I think for children the information should be shared with an interactive story on the app with there chosen character so it's more fun and interactive (and able to be linked to more than one device so two children aren't arguing over one app!)

kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

perhaps it could say fun fact,smarty pants fact, in depth etc,links to more in depth,bullet point fact.10 second fact option lol you get my jist:)

kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

cuz also sometimes I often think I don't want to no something and I come across a word,page somewhere and actually get really nice bit of info I'm then glad I read into

Jade Hewlett Mar 27, 2016

Yes, small facts would be good as notifications along the top of the screen from the app so if you weren't in the app you might still find out about a fact that interests you and might want to find out more online or in the app.

kate thacker Mar 27, 2016

yes like bulletin alerts

Katie100 Mar 29, 2016

This is an interesting option to build in - gives us loads of options now, to suit all.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

Maybe there could be an option to ask questions about a place that could be picked up by others.... for example, if you had a question you loaded into the app, the app could transmit that fact to twitter via a hashtag, and that could be picked up by twitter users and anyone watching could respond to your question.

Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

I like your idea of having a fun character and including games and stories. Maybe it should be called something like Joe's Journey or Amy's Adventures rather than Journeypedia. Actually it would be really good if the child could add their name and pick an avatar to personalise the journey for them.

Jade Hewlett Mar 27, 2016

Yes, I think if it is more personalised the children would find it more interesting and keep there attention longer. I like the name and avatar idea to make it feel more there own app.

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Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

I worry about the car aspect of this app... I don't think it would keep kids occupied for long, especially on a repeat journey.

Katie100 Mar 28, 2016

Good discussion refining this idea... interesting debate on whether kids these days would have what it takes to enjoy this sort of thing... I guess some would, some wouldn't, same as adults. I think the kids one might be more tangential and things you are going past would be more a springboard for other education info - e.g. this is a roman road, you can tell because it's straight and they liked a straight road because ...blah blah blah....

This is an app that also works on trains and didn't we discuss planes too? And boats! (For coastal and marine info. (a mile down you are now over the wreck of the Titanic, in 1912.../you are now over the mid atlantic ridge.....blah blah blah)

My personal feeling is that I'd love to sit on a train, tell the app which side of the train I'm on and listen to interesting info, snippets of local literature and poetry, and local amateur info as I went past. I hear it as a sort of 'radio four' channel but about my journey! (in fact - there is so much that could be added to it from the archive of BBC Radio in general I wonder if there's a deal to be done there? - or indeed the BBC could have an app themselves that notices your journey and suggests appropriate archive material.

I like the idea that the world is your 'screen'.

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

Really interesting thoughts Katie. I like the Radio Four idea that sound quite restful and relaxing rather than a sat nav voice on overdrive. Maybe they could use some of the Michael Portillo or Michael Pailin train journey archive. Or get famous people to record train journey commentaries with different themes such as historical, geographical, literary etc. I am starting to warm more to this idea again.

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

Interesting.... but I can see it's value is really for unusual journeys, not for regular journeys... if you were travelling the same route again and again, you would run out of information.

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kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

I was thinking on this.if it was a success it could branch out into all sorts of areas. like encyclopedia itself does. journeypedia could give the rambler places to visit. it could be adapted if you had time to fill. or days off to go explore the interesting places along the way.
business,shops along the jounrey could link up

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

like in the illustration aobove that mentions the mountains,it could give option to carry on or "do you have time to stop" visit buy tickets tay over etc.getting ahead of a simple app pretneding technology can do anything here but hehe we can but think big

Katie100 Mar 29, 2016

Do you have time to stop option - another good build!

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donna anderson Mar 28, 2016

this is fun, brings out the kid in me!

joanna butler-savage Mar 28, 2016

my kids are definitely interested and i would really like them to use something like this making technology a positive travel companion. we just got stuck in a massive bank holiday tailback and the kids were actually able to look around them - immediately they started asking questions that i couldn't answer! we would all have benefited from something like this to turn a frustrating situation into a learning experience to pass the time.

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

Maybe they could get famous children's authors to record commentaries themed on characters from their books e.g.JK Rowling talks about Harry Potter travelling from London to Hogwarts.

Katie100 Mar 29, 2016

Yes - in the version in my head I think there would be work for artists and experts of all sorts (and probably radio producers) to make it a good listening experience

Katie100 Mar 29, 2016

Good research jbs!

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Gill Chedgey Mar 28, 2016

This app might also include real time information on opening and closing times of attractions and places of interest, admission fees even? (Discount if you found the info out on the app?) I speak from experience today! Leaflet on place of interest stated it was open Bank Holiday Monday's - but it wasn't!!!!

Nicky Griffiths Mar 28, 2016

Grrr ... hope you didn't have to travel too far to get there!

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

Good point about opening hours Whizz. It would be good if you could get real time updates at the start of your journey about places of interest, how long it would take you to get there and how long they will be open for when you arrive and cost. I like your discount idea for using the app too. That could be a QR Code. Bank holidays can definitely be an issue and also seasonal opening times which can vary a lot.

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

also, if there are any days where there are generally fewer queues if it is a popular attraction.... I queued for ages for somewhere in Holland, only to find out that when I got to the front of the queue, they had reached their quota of visitors for the day! Very miffed!

Katie100 Mar 29, 2016

yep good point!

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

would also be good to consider adding whether there are discounts for famillies, or senior citizens etc, for any attractions.

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

I remember when travelling abroad that I look up all the opening days for attractions I wish to visit... some are shut on a Monday, some a Wednesday, etc... or even visiting towns... to visit a town on a market day has a very different atmosphere to another day.... so always good to have a "What's On" aspect to each place, or at least the link to their website, so you don't have to search for it.

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Neil Kennedy Mar 29, 2016

I am still more of a no than a yes on this prototype. I like Katie's suggestion that it could be like a radio four channel but for your journey. That would be much more preferable than the sat nav style updates that I had imagined. Overall I am still inclined to think that this app could be information overload. I like to listen to music on journeys, its my way of relaxing and I often have a snooze too, obviously I don't drive so I am talking about bus train and plane journeys here.