The Walkingtools.net Psychogeography Tool gets you out of doors to explore your cities, neighborhoods, and parks through becoming productively lost!
The app first determines your location then lets you choose a radius, defining a circular area in which a random location is chosen for you. Using the walkingtools.net compass interface or Google maps, you can then attempt navigate to that random location.
This casual activity is a great way to get a little exercise while learning about an area in a way no tour guide could ever show you: through randomness. People find that they discover surprising aspects of their neighborhoods that they would never have become aware of, and that their sense of local geography (their cognitive map) grows greatly in detail and complexity. All while enjoying healthy activity: walking.
Psychogeography was first described by Situatonist Guy Debord in 1955 as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." Among its techniques were walking exercises that took people out of their normal, well worn paths so that they would learn more about world around them.
Version 0.1.4 (version code 3) fixes a number of UI bugs, and improved speed resolving (finding) GPS satellites.