All Natural 3D Printed Trail Markers Designed to Keep You Safe — and Smarter

At the risk of sounding antiquated, I have to say it: “Boy, things have really changed since I was into hiking.” Having experienced hiking and backpacking trips with directional aids consisting of maps, cairns, and some frighteningly simplistic advice and directions from rangers who were willing to send me into pure wilderness with no experience whatsoever, these biomarkers make me think I might want to try again after a respite from all nature has to offer in the outback.
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Bio-Marker – The Non-Intrusive Trail Marker

Bio-Marker – The Non-Intrusive Trail Marker from Matt Hagedorn on Vimeo.

The Bio-Degradable, High-Visibility, Non-Intrusive Trail Markers
A Design concept by Matt Hagedorn
Victoria University of Wellington, 2014

A reinvention of traditional trail markers using modern manufacturing.
Biodegradable and sourced from sustainable materials, Bio-Markers use 3D printing to adapt to the environment in an effort to cause minimal damage to our natural resources.
Scans of the environment are taken and used in CAD software to model the geometry perfectly to the mounting surface, allowing it to mesh exactly with the environment without the use of toxic adhesives or damaging attachment hardware.

Bringing the digital age to the natural world to streamline trail usage and education efforts.
Embedded RFID tags add extra functionality via an app interface.
Upon scanning a marker, the app will present a multitude of useful information such as GPS data, Track info, signage information, natural history and lore about the local region, information about the local wildlife and vegetation. Educational resources can also be tied in to the app, to help spread awareness of current environmental issues. Users can also scan locations for new markers where they feel there is a need.
Drawing inspiration from nature.

Based on natural forms, the markers are designed to mimic their environment and provide their function more passively than traditional triangular trail markers.
The design of the form can be region specific to reflect the theme of the trail they are marking, for example the Mt. Tongariro Alpine crossing could have volcanic rock shaped markers, whereas a trail through native forest could have markers in the form of a koru stalk, or a fern leaf. With 3D printing and CAD design, the options are essentially limitless.
(Quelle: Vimeo)

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