|Motivation:||In June of 2004 I was faced with the prospect of moving. And like many people I find that a major source of moving-related stress is not knowing where anything is in my new town. I thought that it would be convenient if there was a map where I could see where institutions and business necessary for day-to-day living such as banks, grocery stores, government buildings, drug stores and the like were located in relation to apartment buildings and transit lines.|
A good overview of the Locator Map concept can be found
It seems that applications such as Google Maps, and
particularly their implementation of the customizable map function may
have rendered this concept obsolete. There are some drawbacks, however.
The business model may have to become one where scalable maps can be downloaded and viewed on non-Web enabled devices. The primary market would probably be those who do not want the attendant cost of a data plan in addition to their other phone expenses and those who just don't want to be bothered with creating their own maps.
I have included a couple of examples or prototypes of the concept:
Banner icon credits: www.oregonstate.edu, www.fda.gov, www.mobile-review.com, www.dof.state.fl.us