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What3Words – a new way to look at location


Addresses are hard to remember, no, really! The strings of numbers and words make them difficult for our memories to hold but you have to know where things are so what can you do? Well, What3Words is a site that takes a different approach to location. Instead of numbers and streets, it assigned areas three-word names.

This system cuts the world up into 3mx3m squares and assigns each one with a unique set of three words. These words are seemingly random and are vastly different from their neighbors which is actually a good thing. If you are even a little bit off, the map will show you a drastically different place, unlike conventional addressing which will just show you the wrong house on the same street.

There are 57 trillion squares on the globe but the system can be run on most smartphones, tablets, and other devices. They’ve eliminated homophones to make it simple and it is available in 9 languages. You can check out the system on the website. Find out what your three-word address is.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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