Like many New Yorkers, we’ve been on a fairly tight lockdown for over 140 days. While we’ve been able to wander around our neighborhood and have had a few remote outings, there hasn’t been much to draw us out to a new place since there’s so little happening to discover. A new app, with a mechanism for generating random walks, might be the thing that gets more of us outside.
Randonautica launched in February with a very simple premise: tell the app where you are and it will randomly generate a set of coordinates for you to go to and look around. If you choose to, you can upload pictures or descriptions of what you see. And that’s pretty much it.
Like most truly exploratory applications, this simplicity was the foundation for a whole set of interactions, memes, and inside jokes that helped create community among its users, called Randonauts. Sometimes it only takes a small, simple prompt to spur discovery and creativity.