Hampshire firm invents world's first wearable and washable map

David Overton

David Overton

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ADVENTURERS can now navigate the great outdoors using the world’s first wearable map – which can even be put in the washing machine.

Cyclists, walkers, horse riders and orienteers can use the unique maps from Chandler’s Ford firm Splashmaps which can be tied in knots and even worn as scarves.

The polyester-made maps are aimed at anyone on an outdoor adventure and can be used in all weather conditions.

As well as helping users navigate, they could also help to keep them warm if used as a scarf.

They differ from normal paper maps as the ink is imbedded into the fabric rather than printed on top of it.

What’s more, the designs can be customised in size, scale and location.

Users can also draw their own routes on to the maps with a non-permanent pen and then put them in the washing machine ready for next time.

The maps were designed by David Overton, a former innovation manager at mapping agency Ordnance Survey.

David, 43, said: “I got very frustrated at having to use normal paper maps which got soaked and then I’d have to do some kind of origami to fold it back again.

“I also created SplashMaps because of the annoyances people experience with GPS and satellite problems.

“Our maps are completely unique, there is nobody else doing this at all.”

Prices range from £18.99 to £25 and are available for all of Britain’s national parks.

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7:08pm Sun 30 Jun 13

Torchie1 says...

This will come as a revelation to the curators of various museums that have silk maps on show that were used by flight crews in the second world war.
This will come as a revelation to the curators of various museums that have silk maps on show that were used by flight crews in the second world war. Torchie1
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7:44pm Sun 30 Jun 13

userds5050 says...

“Our maps are completely unique, there is nobody else doing this at all.”
Yeah, there's a reason for that.
“Our maps are completely unique, there is nobody else doing this at all.” Yeah, there's a reason for that. userds5050
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6:00am Mon 1 Jul 13

chrisja says...

Surely not? Pictures? Printed on Fabrics? Well I never - it's amazing what they can do these days isn't it, who'd have thought such things were possible - I can only be grateful I happen to have been alive to witness this truely game-changing event. Witchcraft or wizardry are the only feasible explanations :-o
Surely not? Pictures? Printed on Fabrics? Well I never - it's amazing what they can do these days isn't it, who'd have thought such things were possible - I can only be grateful I happen to have been alive to witness this truely game-changing event. Witchcraft or wizardry are the only feasible explanations :-o chrisja
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