The great outdoors: Would you use an electronic device to guide you?
- February 7, 2011 11:49 AM |
- By POV
By CBC News
For many of us, a trip into one of Canada's national parks is a chance to leave civilization and technology behind.
But if Parks Canada has its way that will change starting this summer. Technology, in fact, may soon be your guide.
Using a program called Explora and handheld computers with Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities, Parks Canada plans to deliver location-specific content to hikers. As visitors hike with Explora, they are able to see their location on a map and interact with location-related text, images, sounds, video and quizzes.
CBC Community member Michael Tenszen dislikes the new program, saying the average person visits "parks and woods, and lakes, to escape from electronic devices."
Other people, like JimD40 see potential in the idea. "I like it. It's like getting a headset when you go to a museum. If you want it, it's there, but if you don't want it, it doesn't affect you in any way."
What do you think about using technology, such as GPS devices, for camping and hiking? Do you tend to rely more on your wilderness skills? Tell us in the comments below.(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)
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