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    Default Zoomable paper map

    Check this link out

    Might be fun as a handout to players in RPGs - we would need to work out the principle behind it though, which I guess can't be difficult particularly if you have a real one to work with.

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    It's basically an origami trick, but I'm glad i thought of it!

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    neat... and a great idea too - we should make a competion for a zoomable map
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    "...London map. Patented folding..." - Let's hope he won't sue us.

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    hmmm can you patent a fold? ... not that I want to want to try it in court (not for a competition) - but one could always ask nicely - it would be publicity for his map. Then again - while its fun, its not really competition material... it is after all just a question of making 2 sizes of a map.
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    I bet it was invented in Japan circa 600 AD. In any case it's super-cool. I wish I had one of those for my city...I hate unfolding and refolding maps! Neat find Ravells.
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    exactly - those japanese would go origamy on his ass ... fold - crease.. flicker.. you got origamied! *lol*
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    Like it!!
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    So simple, so smart! Could have used that London one a little while ago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tilt View Post
    hmmm can you patent a fold? ... not that I want to want to try it in court (not for a competition) - but one could always ask nicely - it would be publicity for his map. Then again - while its fun, its not really competition material... it is after all just a question of making 2 sizes of a map.
    Disturbingly there are a number of patents issued for folding maps:
    http://www.google.com/patents?q=fold+map

    I couldn't find one though that resembled this claimed patent (I was looking to find out how the fold was made which would be revealed in the patent).

    I tried to make such a fold and it took about 10 seconds of playing with a scrap of paper:
    Zoomable paper map-fold.png

    I have no problems posting this here. I would think the portion that could be patented would be the use of such a fold to create a "zoomable map" and not the fold itself. It is virtual the same fold as used in a number of different origami projects i have seen previously.

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