Getting Lost Is Not So Trendy

Maptor is this wonderful combination of a map and projector that (predictably) projects the desired map onto any surface. Palm of the hand, floor, and walls included. What I really fancy about it, is its size. Small enough to pass off as a lipstick (or a chapstick for you guys), the device is discreet enough for you to quickly hop into a quiet corner, check for directions and make your way forth. All this without anyone knowing that you are lost or need help!

Another good thing about the Maptor is that it has GPS included; as a result there is this big red arrow on the map that points to your current location. Therefore getting your bearings and charting your course is easy.

Although the images of the projected map look visible enough even in daylight, I wonder if it’s really going to be that clear in its practical avatar.

Anyways, I think this project has the potential to make it to the market and be a hit, I would love to get one for my husband, who hates to ask for directions!

Designers: Jin-Sun Park and Seon-keun Park

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH6jVJiXBok 468 344]

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Maptor – Map and Projector Device by Jin-sun Park and Seonkeun Park

151 Comments

  • igendesign says:

    I’m not sure that this is an eco-design (which is important for me), but the function is interesting, and maybe usefull. but i think that nowadays the most mobile phones could (or can) help you if you feel lost. (especcially mine not 🙂 )
    so i think we shouldn’t design always a brandnew object, sometimes we should use our old ones.

    • Vik says:

      agree…maybe combine projector function into cell…

    • random viewer says:

      agreed, phones are being manufactured with technology which caters for this need, but then are we relying to much on that one item. Also with added function more research would need to be done on batteries to cater for the power supply needed

    • Ken says:

      From a pure “gadget geek” standpoint, I want one now!

    • eddie says:

      agreed with igendesign, maybe it should be modified into a car windshield GPS projector, with say…12″ projection? It will sell like hot cake…

    • Joseph Hage says:

      is there a company producing the Maptor gadget or this is still a concept design? we would be interested in this product

  • AJ says:

    the gadget is cool but the basic question arises in the mind is that this functionality is given by the new upcoming mobile phone they have the same sort of navigation so what are the advantage which can compel me to think upon?

  • Sean Park says:

    Great work~!

  • Dima says:

    GREAT !! – will buy as soon it’s out !

    • saif m. saif says:

      when I can buy it?
      how much it?
      is the price including the freight by express airfreight?
      who long take time to reach my country (kingdom of bahrain)

  • Jay says:

    Where can I buy it? I really want to buy this one.

  • Dan says:

    Interesting concept, but not unseen before. Its called “The Six Sense,” developed by MIT’s Media Lab. In addition to having a portable projector, the information on the “screen” can be manipulated using visual input in the 3D space. Video and more information are available via the following links:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/pattie_maes_demos_the_sixth_sense.html

    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/02/ted-digital-six/

  • Scott says:

    There’s already a Maptor killer: it’s called the iPhone. I’d much rather use that. I’m concerned about brightness and battery time with this. It’s a nice concept, but not really all that practical. I seriously doubt it will make it to market.

  • k says:

    one of the functions performed by sixth sense?

  • Cye says:

    I have saw small portable projectors, but this one is really cool because of the small form factor. I would purchase one if they were out. Please bring them out now & not in year 2030, but nowwwwww!

  • Carlos Ribas says:

    Simply Genie

  • cy says:

    how mach

  • Michael Frank says:

    That’s a great idea, I would totally buy it. I can use a GPS on iPhone, but sometimes can be dificult if your actually talking to someone at the phone, trying to give or get some directions.

  • Bernard MICHEL says:

    Is that small wonder waterproof , to be of some use by treckers and others adventurers around the world , not speaking of military peoples ???!?!?!?!

  • Paul says:

    Fantastic!!! Pure genius! And as for cell phones,

    1 – Screens toooo small. In a city map with sometimes hundreds of details on the same screen, the “enlarge” function of this gadget here is awesome, and

    2 – Good luck taking your iPhone to the Amazon jungle, for example, and bringing it back in one piece … Oh yeah! and with no scratches!

    Hope it’ll hit the market soon.

  • Bo says:

    where can buy this ?
    how much dollar ?
    i really want to buy one !!!
    Please tell me
    thank you ^_^

  • Was ist Captcha-Code?, Geben mir pls Captcha-Code-Codes

  • jack lee says:

    Where can I buy it? I really want to buy this one.

    [email protected]

  • elias says:

    hi
    Where can I buy it? I really want to buy this one.

    $?
    thanks

  • Adalton Delanhesi says:

    Preciso de 100 pecas do Maptor como devo proceder/
    quanto custa como faco o pagamento
    Atenciosamente
    Adalton Muraro Delanhesi

  • alaa says:

    can anyone guide me?,i need to know how to get the maptor device,i need any contact information
    please

  • I understand this is a concept product, but let me know when it´s about to get to the market!

  • ramin says:

    Att.co

    Please for my company information and purchase prices and how to send them.

    warmest regard

  • HAMAD says:

    How I can be distributor for your items in my country Saudi Arabia?

  • Halo Abdulkarim says:

    how much is it?

  • Nadwan Atta says:

    PLS,the price and where I can buy it?
    I am in Amman-Jordan
    Thank you

  • Elaine says:

    Hello!

    How much will cost the maptor?, Where can I find it? This is the best GPS that I saw!, hehehe

    tks

  • Steven Yeo says:

    Ho much is it? Where i can buy? Already SALES at any country? Thanks…

  • romeo haz says:

    how much does this cost. its great if it can be modified for car windshield with option of getting power and recharging from car. Its a good business

  • rambo says:

    Excellent…Where to get it & how much??

  • waeel a says:

    I want to buy this device, how?? Where you find it? And how much price?

  • waeel a says:

    And how much price?

  • ryad al-saadi says:

    hi how are you i just whant to know how match the price for maptor GPS for 100 pic

    plz replly me ergant and wher i can found it and contacts person ok
    see you
    bye

  • Hossein says:

    would you some one do me a favor and let me know how I can buy one?

  • Hossein says:

    would you some one do me a favor and let me know how I can buy one?

  • saeid says:

    where can buy this ?
    how much dollar ?
    I really want to buy one !!!
    Please tell me
    thank you .

    • Mohamed B. says:

      Where can buy a maptorand how much does it cost in dollars or in Euro.?
      Thanks

  • saeid says:

    where can buy this ?
    how much dollar ?
    I really want to buy one !!!
    Please tell me
    thank you .

    • Mohamed B. says:

      Where can buy a maptorand how much does it cost in dollars or in Euro.?
      Thanks

  • H.S says:

    hi
    when MAPTOR will come to market?
    can anyone provide the distributor contact info?

  • H.S says:

    hi
    when MAPTOR will come to market?
    can anyone provide the distributor contact info?

  • tansaz says:

    hi.we want to buy Maptor for our company .but we don’t know how to buy it.plz inform us of it’s price and the and tell us how we can buy this brand.plz email us the related information about this product. sencerely yours

  • tansaz says:

    hi.we want to buy Maptor for our company .but we don’t know how to buy it.plz inform us of it’s price and the and tell us how we can buy this brand.plz email us the related information about this product. sencerely yours

  • billie says:

    i wanna buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • billie says:

    i wanna buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marise says:

    This is a concept is not in the market yet. It is a great idea, eventhough cell phones can do the same, and the available GPS too. I wioild have a lot of questions about it, battery life, what maps come if it, price, etc. It would be great for hotels to have it to rent…. I'm not sure if I would by one, since where I live I drive much more than I walk, but for travel it woul be perfect.

  • Marise says:

    This is a concept is not in the market yet. It is a great idea, eventhough cell phones can do the same, and the available GPS too. I wioild have a lot of questions about it, battery life, what maps come if it, price, etc. It would be great for hotels to have it to rent…. I'm not sure if I would by one, since where I live I drive much more than I walk, but for travel it woul be perfect.

  • Nagjan says:

    Where / how can I buy it?

  • Nagjan says:

    I want it NOW. How about 500 US dollar?

  • Nagjan says:

    i am willing to pay 800 US$ if it works with Garmins (Zumo) maps

  • Nagjan says:

    Please mind that Garmin TOPI maps are perfect for walks, as well as drivers en yathing/sailers….

  • Nagjan says:

    Please do not under-estimate (excuse my english) the effect when projecting a map / designated walk to a group in stead of having it on your own PDA or so. THE power is projection!!

  • mich says:

    the Maptor is a very clever concept, especially for people who prefer to walk
    One thing I noticed is that the is no function to save destinations, unless I missed this…which is to most people a BIG must have

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