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Students Put Snail Mail Back On Map

Printing Google Maps on postal envelopes could put snail mail back on the map.

Printing Google Maps on postal envelopes could put snail mail back on the map.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 16:09 GMT

SHORT HILLS, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Two industrial design students at Syracuse University are putting outdated snail mail back on the map.

Rahul Mahtani and Yofred Moik have created a concept using the Gmail interface where Google Maps can be printed onto postal envelopes.

In theory, people sending snail mail will be able to print an exact map of the address-to-address route their letter is traveling right on the envelope.

This could help prevent mail from getting lost and serve as a handy guide for postal workers.

Mahtani says their idea brings “fun back to mail” now that almost everyone communicates via text or email.

He thinks it could bridge gaps between generations like today’s techies and grandparents who still enjoy sending and receiving snail mail.

The students are actively in talks to make their concept a reality. They graduate this May and if everything maps out, they could already have jobs lined up.

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