Seek Map Wrist Navigation Concept

The Seek navigation concept is a neat piece of visual fiction from designer Jukka Roitto. The idea is that you would wear it on your wrist like a watch and unroll it to find out details on your current location.


(Seek portable navigation aid)

Science fiction readers may recall a funkier version of this idea from almost fifty years ago.

In his excellent 1961 story Return from the Stars, Stanislaw Lem writes about an interactive map.

...it gave me a little plastic book with four fold-outs, maps of the city's transit system. When I wanted to go somewhere, I touched the silver-printed name - street, level, square - and instantly on the map a circuit of all the necessary connections lit up. I could also travel by gleeder. Or by rast. Or - finally - on foot; therefore, four maps.
(Read more about Lem's interactive map)

(Note: readers have pointed out other, similar visual fiction from movies; see the comments below. Also, we're actually pretty close to having a display like this in reality: see the Readius display video and the Readius Cell Phone 5-Inch Fold Out Display for examples.

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