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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mauerguide: Walk the Wall

“Mauerguide” is a multimedia guide to the history of the Berlin Wall. The gadget lets users zoom in and out on a colorful map of the city to figure out where they are. The wall’s route is marked in red.

Audio files and video tell the wall’s dramatic history, starting when East Germany began building it to wall off the capitalist enclave of West Berlin in a bid to stop a westward exodus from the communist state.

It took a team of historians and programmers a year and $797,000 to develop the software for the guide.