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Old 24th January 2016, 18:10   #1
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Default What3words - A new way to specify GPS coordinates

A company has re-invented addressing using just 3 words. Various languages are supported. These 3 words will map to a gps coordinate of your choice.

Example: slipped.honest.expressed

The above is the address of the house where Anil Kumble used to live as a kid. Very easy to remember, and easy to spell. If somebody misspells the address, you can easily correct it unlike a number.

Go to https://map.what3words.com to find the 3 word address to your favourite locations.

Full article: http://qz.com/561727/an-address-for-.../?sf43963741=1
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Thanks Samurai for sharing this interesting piece of information.

It is quick and convenient. This shall help the common people to specify a location easily and in a way that could be easily remembered. I went to the what3words site and put a pin on my location. Immediately it suggested the three words.

I could not search the location in google maps using these three words.

If we inform these 3 words to someone, can he navigate to our place?

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If we inform these 3 words to someone, can he navigate to our place?
Well, he will need an app or device than converts the 3 words into gps co-ordinates and then navigate him to your location.

Soon, all the navigation software will start accepting 3 word address and then we don't have to struggle with crazy addresses like now.
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If we inform these 3 words to someone, can he navigate to our place?
Yes. It's possible.
For example, let's say I want to provide my exact location on Marine drive, Mumbai to someone. I locate my location and it provides me with a word combination. For e.g. reef.coiling.guests
I provide this string to my friend. Or I just send him the URL as https://map.what3words.com/Reef.coiling.guests
He logs into W3W and types this string in the app/site or simply clicks on the URL provided. This positions the pin to my exact location. He then clicks on share pin location and clicks on GPS. This gives the GPs location as "18.938187, 72.824085". Copy this and paste it on Google Maps or any other navigation maps. You are on your way.

Maybe in the future most maps will accept the string directly and that will make life much easier.

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This is definitely the way forward

Even when you do know the correct address to a place, entering the whole thing on a touchscreen is quite annoying.

With just three words to enter, it will be so much simpler.
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Itís an interesting concept. The main problem is going to be to get an index. The 40.000 word mentioned, although it seem a lot doesnít amount to much really. It all depends a bit on the accuracy of course.

But in order to use a 3 word location, somebody will need to have done a survey and put those three words into some database. A lot more work then driving around with your GPS survey car.

We will see how this works out.

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It’s an interesting concept. The main problem is going to be to get an index. The 40.000 word mentioned, although it seem a lot doesn’t amount to much really.
It is 40000x39999x39998 actually, using permutation formula 40000!/(40000-3)!

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But in order to use a 3 word location, somebody will need to have done a survey and put those three words into some database.
Not really, you just need an algorithm that generates the 3 words for a given coordinate, using a 40000 word vocabulary, giving roughly 40000≥ possibilities. The GPS devices/apps need an algorithm that converts the 3 words back to the coordinate.

There is no need for any database storing the 3 word combo for every location.

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Haha, this reminds me of the Alpha Bravo Charlie kind of phonetics use.
But it is a nice concept - people remember string of words much better than string of numbers.
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There is no need for any database storing the 3 word combo for every location.

Yup.
All you need, are the bi-directional translator services or algorithms on both sides of the interaction and then this could go mainstream.

A good step ahead.
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There are companies all around the world already using this.

https://what3words.com/partners/#pollinate

Imagine keeping your customer database using 3 word address for each customer. It is already a reality.
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