A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold!
I've already pointed him to this Ask
from April, which has examples of War Rooms, Situation Rooms, and The Big Board (including a link to TV Tropes, reader beware).
He could use more examples, though, especially older ones, and going beyond The Big Board. For instance, he mentions that Goldfinger has a "back-lit, moving map in 007’s Aston Martin which is very similar to most in-car GPS devices."
I'll paste an exact quote of his wording below, in case it triggers any thoughts. But my short version would be: Can you think of instances where an early film or TV show uses a device or technique that resembles a primitive version of GIS or GPS tech we use today?
His wording, which he asked me to ask you: "I am working on a paper/presentation that deals with the historical evolution of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems)technologies in film and TV. Specifically, I am interested in examples of early precursors to map related technologies that are now common. For example, early police shows have crime locations marked as pins on a map, today there are electronic maps with a multitude of different information associated with each point. Another example would be the James Bond film Goldfinger which has a back-lit, moving map in 007’s Aston Martin which is very similar to most in-car GPS devices. I was wondering if the community had other examples from films/TV that they recall early examples of what are now standard modern mapping or GPS devices. Thank you in advance for any assistance."