by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

This is a second facelift towards Beta15 aka “Flower” Trips. Initially, we added OpenStreetMap data to enrich See & Do at the street level resolution, the result was Curious Ukraine. Then we made the first facelift by redesigning the Search Form to introduce different types of journeys. This time we upgraded the Perimeter view with visuals so that you can select the right area of interest based on your destination.

Sardinia with adaptive visualization of See & Do

Now Perimeter shows the distribution of See & Do over the map. You can zoom and pan the map to educate and assure yourself which…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

On the way to the “Flower” trips, we got to redesign Curiosio, its search form. We wanted to keep the form neat and clean… but this didn’t work. The first reason — many people couldn’t figure out how to master multiple points in that single text box. The second reason — the destination point in the “Flower” trips will work differently from the home point on the Round trips.

Curiosio Search Form

Now there are three tabs to start with: Round trip, One-way trip, “Flower” trip. Maybe we will rename the Flower into Destination. We will see.

Round Trip

Select…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

Hey curious travelers, we have installed our AI engine Ingeenee in Ukraine. The result is Curious Ukraine —the smartest road trip planner for Ukraine. You can create cool multi-point journeys in the desired area for the required number of days & budget. Curiosio is giving you what you know you want, plus the extra that is possible that you don’t know.

You could jump right away to https://curiosio.com to give it a try. It works in Chrome and Chromium, most probably in Safari [we did not test]; doesn’t work in Firefox [because of a weird…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

We are working on the flowers. “Flower” is a new topology of the route that Curiosio will be creating for travelers. People are telling us that it’s more important to do fewer check-ins rather than visiting more attractions & POIs in the area. Especially the travelers with kids are reporting the preference of staying at the same location and exploring its environs. This means “flowers”.

“Flower” topology of the route

The road from your home to your destination and back is a “stem”. The daily programmes are the “petals”. Multiple petals within the area of interest are a “flower”. …


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

Geeky travelers and traveling geeks! Today, we are releasing the functional road trip planner for Tesla owners. You can select My Tesla as a car option for the United States, enter the starting and finishing points, desired-required waypoints between them, dates, budget, theme, and Curiosio will create interesting trip plans in the charging-safe geography with more points and proposed See & Do at each point.

Next Gen Tesla Roadster. Original photo by Steve Jurvetson, CC BY 2.0

This effort was implemented incrementally. Part 1 was gathering the data. Part 2 was integration with the mother site tesla.com and the ongoing UX experiments. And now, it is all…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

This post is a continuation of Tesla Road Trips, Part 1. Today we are describing our progress of deeper integration with the mother site tesla.com and the corresponding Tesla-related UX at curiosio.com.

Stations vs. Census Points & Parks

In our database, we have all Tesla Superchargers and Destination Chargers, and compatible fast and slow chargers by ChargePoint. We decided to show charge-safe areas instead of individual charging stations. The motivation is that you shall be focusing on the experience instead of worrying about charger-to-charger hopping.

We clustered all genuine Tesla fast and slow chargers by census points and parks. If there…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

We are integrating Curiosio with Tesla. You will be able to follow your curiosity in the Tesla car. Curiosio philosophy is different from the tesla.com/trips planner where you are just hopping between the stations. Curiosio is not about the chargers with some interesting points in the vicinity. Curiosio is about the experience first. We are maximizing your traveler’s experience with a guarantee you will not be running out of charge.

Tesla Model S by susrut316

This post is Part 1. Part 1 is mining and massaging the raw data in the United States. Road trips in Tesla require accurate geo-fencing…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

We implemented several visible and non-visible things. All they are focused on practicality and usability. Among them: perimeter, user’s fine-tuning, variety of trip plans.

Perimeter

Our Lab version showed the active Perimeter, while the Production version did not. We thought it would overwhelm a user. During further testing, especially during the release of Nordic countries Curious Sweden, Curious Norway, Curious Finland we lacked the viz of the custom-defined Perimeter. To keep it informative and unobtrusive we draw the Perimeter with a thin dark dashed line. The practicality and usability improved for us. …


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

The land of the thousand lakes. To be precise, it’s a land of ~190,000 lakes. Finns created Linux kernel, IRC, SSH, baby box, Molotov cocktail. Any of you loved automobile tires made by a smartphone company or smartphones made by a rubber company — famous Nokia? Remember post-Nokia buttonless phones introduced 10+ years ago? And the killer game — Angry Birds? It’s Finland, and today we are introducing Curious Finland.

Ingeenee overlooking Angry Birds. Original photo by tofoli.douglas

Do you know why Rovio Entertainment designed Angry Birds to attack the evil pigs? Why pigs? Because it was Swine Flu epidemic: “The first game…


by Vas Mylko, Roman Bilusiak

Norway is a country of extremes. There are some best of the best natural places in the country: fjords and national parks. There are cutting-edge techno miracles: The Arctic Code Vault preserving open-source software for future generations, Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserving a wide variety of plant seeds against the loss of seeds in other genebanks during large-scale or global crises. Ex Machina also happened in Norway. Welcome to Curious Norway!

Ingeenee overlooking Ava from Ex Machina film. Original photo by BagoGames, CC BY 2.0

Curiosio is being designed primarily for geeks and geeky travelers. So we are assuming you have watched Ex Machina — a 2014 science fiction…

Curiosio

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