What3Words have just received a £500k investment - and you can understand why. They’ve figured out that the best way transmit a location might just be… well, words. The idea is that if you’re in the middle of a field (say, at a music festival), or maybe a building too large for an address to work (“I’ll meet you at Wembley Stadium”), it’s probably quicker to use GPS coordinates. The trouble is - reading out a long string of numbers whilst on the phone is fiddly, so what W3W does is code three dictionary words to any given coordinates. So rather than Nelson’s Column being 51.507791, -0.127963, it’s instead “alone.sings.dark” - much easier to text or phone and tell your friend!
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