Path Guide



    Path Guide's review

    Published: 2017-06-01, by .

    Create your own guides and always find your way around a destination

    • Unique navigation concept
    • Pleasant, clean, and polished intuitive UI
    • Nearly hands-free interaction
    • Incredibly accurate navigation
    • Not a very active community yet
    • Don't expect many path guides

    "A path finder"


    Instead of having to use maps to guide you to your destination, why not try trace recording? With Microsoft’s Path Guide, to get started, simply take your friends somewhere or follow your steps back to where you started. Path Guide will automatically record your every step and turn. As you go along, Path Guide will let you make annotations with text, picture, and even your voice. Once you’re done, you can share your trace with others. You can also check out what others have posted. Path Guide will break down the exact number of steps and turns needed at your destination.


    Microsoft not only provides a very unique app concept that doesn’t require a map, but also a very easy to use and intuitive user interface, allowing you to start recording your steps without a lot of interaction needed, and thanks to Path Guide’s attention to detail, routes are fairly accurate.


    While core functionality is top notch, you won’t find a lot of users uploading their personalized path guides just yet, limiting you to just two sample routes.

    Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    by Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    Jun 01, 2017


    Path Guide is a completely map-free, infrastructure-free, plug-and-play indoor navigation service. It exploits the ubiquitous geomagnetism and natural walking patterns to guide users to destinations along a path collected by an earlier traveler. There are three simple steps to start using Path Guide.

    • User records sensory data with his/her device during a given indoor walk. The location-specific geomagnetic features extracted from the sensory data are combined with the user’s walking patterns (e.g., steps, turns, going upstairs/downstairs) to build a reference trace.
    • Reference trace is pushed to the cloud and can be searched by others for navigation.
    • Once downloaded a reference trace, Path Guide compares and synchronizes current sensor readings with the reference trace, and guides the user, in real time, from the same starting location to the final destination.

    Path Guide can be used in multiple scenarios. For example, one can record a path (say, from the building entrance to an office) and share it directly with an incoming visitor regardless of whether infrastructure and floor plans are available; Users such as shop owners can record paths on their own from several entrances of a shopping mall to their stores and share them with the public. These paths can be searched by any future customer. One can also record a trace and follow it backwards to its starting point. For instance, in a new garage, you can record a trace from your parking spot to the elevator, and later follow it in reverse to find your car.

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