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New app lets users walk through time

A new application for smart phones allow users to explore the Edinburgh of the past.

Aug 18, 2010

‘Walking Through Time’ is a new mobile application for smart phones with built-in GPS, developed by a team from the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art.

The app superimposes a selection of old maps on to the modern street layout, so users can see exactly how it has changed over time. Edinburgh is the first city to mapped in this way, and enables people to walk along the Royal Mile and see where long-lost buildings and closes once stood.

Users can currently select from a series of different maps dating from 1740 to 1960. The application also comes with a set of narrated walking tours from Edinburgh World Heritage and the Edinburgh College of Art, to help interpret the maps and add details of everyday life in each period.

Download the new app for free


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