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    Published: 2017-06-01, by .

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

    8.1
    • 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"

    THE VERDICT

    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.

    THE PROS

    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.

    THE CONS

    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

    Description

    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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    Users review

    from 146 reviews

    "Great"

    7.6

    Users comments for Path Guide

    Paisit P

    by Paisit P

    Sep 10, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Good concept and idea but failed to use in real life. App has too many constraints and hard to finish its job.

    Linden Crundall

    by Linden Crundall

    Sep 09, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Downloaded and installed on hwawei P3 without problem but could not calibrate compass at all. Useless, uninstalled!

    Kevin Lyon

    by Kevin Lyon

    Sep 08, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Would be great if it worked--can't even get past calibrating magnetometer. Even when I successfully completed the calibration trying to make a trace produced an immediate error regarding magnetometer interferences and recommended calibrating again. It's an infinite loop of frustration.

    Saim Younas

    by Saim Younas

    Aug 29, 2017  |  "Poor"

    It counts steps while I m sitting This is hilarious

    David Gibson

    by David Gibson

    Jul 20, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Can't calibrate phone, telling me I didn't do it right, I copied the diagram. Uninstalled

    Mike Guarino

    by Mike Guarino

    Jul 20, 2017  |  "OK"

    Could not calibrate the phone in settings. Also, the number of steps vary per person and while using the app it does not always work.