Information Right Below Your Feet

By Chong Jinn Wei - on 11 May 2012, 4:05pm

Have you come across a situation where you felt disconnected and lost when traveling overseas? As we become more and more comfortable with using the Internet – from socializing to finding our way around – we tend to take for granted the networks that we connect to on a day-to-day basis. The moment you enter a foreign country, your device may not be able to connect to any network, making you feel even more helpless until you find a Wi-Fi hotspot or purchase a prepaid line.

The iPavement allows anybody to gain access to the Internet via Wi-Fi as well as other features like maps and even books.

To go online, users tend to gravitate towards hotspots. However, setting up these towers takes both money and space, which can be rather hard to find in smaller countries. Spanish tech company, Inteligente has foreseen this particular problem and suggested an interesting way to solve it. Why not put the hotspot in the ground? That is exactly what iPavement is setting out to do.

Concealed within a slab of concrete, the iPavement will come with a sophisticated system that is integrated with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a custom operating system, Viacities OS, that comes complete with its own apps and sensors. This provides users access to a wealth of information such as city maps, promotions around the vicinity and even a digital library – all at the bottom of their feet.

Who would have thought that all this information could just be underneath your foot?

Imagine being able to visit a new city or country and use the iPavement to direct yourself to the nearest restaurant or hotel, while also providing something for you to read without going through the trouble of using a map or guidebook.

Till next time.

Chong Jinn Wei

Chong Jinn Wei / Freelance Writer

A person who is torn between the digital realm and the material realm. Loves videogames, manga and especially Gundams though I am currently trying stay a float in the vast ocean that is the Internet.