Ananse Companion removes the stress in getting directions to places by replacing the long and confusing phone calls with easy and efficient ways of getting directions.
Have you ever been directed by someone to a place over the phone? Was it exciting, fun, boring, confusing or stressful?
I can just imagine how boring and sometimes annoying it can be to have people give you directions in Ghana, in most cases you are better off going without asking anyone.
What if I did not have to go through that kind of stress in getting to a place. Ananse companion is an android app that has a solution for you.
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We spoke with Nana Kwame Nyantakyi, a debugger at Ananse Companion to explain to us the how ananse will help an individual get accurate directions to a place in Ghana. In an email response from him, we gathered the following information:
What was the need for starting this service?
Getting around our side of the continent is very tedious. Existing maps directions given are not up to date. We are in a developing country where roads are being created and some re-purposed every single day, what is a road today might not be by the next day. Existing apps do not take into account such important details and are also very difficult to comprehend.
What do we do when we are going somewhere we don’t know?
We ask our family and friends. That is what we have been doing since we were old enough to go places.
Ananse Companion is not here to replace that. It is here to make it easier and more effective. Humans are mostly creatures of sight, the more we see the more we believe and understand. Ananse Companion giving you a drawing of where you are and going to makes following the directions from your friends easier to follow and share.
Any competitors in this space?
No. There are numerous apps for sending locations on mobile but none enables you to send custom directions. That is the area Ananse Companion functions best. Ananse Companion goes a step further by allowing you share multiple locations as one. Let’s say you want to show someone all the branches of a bank in their area: You don’t have to send 6 different location shares but just one.
No app gives such interactive playback of a map
When Ananse Companion was published?
2013 as a final year project. It underwent a very important update to bring out its true usefulness in March 2015. Now on version 2.0.4
Any financial backing or incubation?
Challenges with this technology?
- As the first application with such functionalities, adaptation is my number one issue.
- Financial issues.
Immediate plans for this application?
Get the app’s major content providers thus more event organizers on board to produce more content by representing directions to their events on app.
Long term plans for Ananse Companion?
Ananse Companion would be the one place to get relevant directions tailored to each individual’s preferences.
People would not have to stand around posters for hours trying to get information from it. All they would have to do is scan the Poster’s ac Sticker(a qrcode the app auto generates tied to each direction) and they will have every important information from the poster such as:
- Directions to the event
- Picture of where they are going.
The most convenient feature is that you can update the content of your directions at anytime and others will have access to the new update instantly. It is very useful.
Other features of Ananse companion are:
- Checkin to see all your friends
- Real time directions to events, places
- Emergency alerts on flood, fire, accident etc
- Events organization.
DIRECTIONS TO ALL YOUR FAVORITE EVENTS IN ONE PLACE
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