If you’re a backpacker, hiker, vagrant, nomad, explorer, adventurer or nature lover, you may or may not own an iPhone. Most likely, this depends on your “off-the-grid-ness” and socio-economic situation.
However, if you’re a technologically savvy traveler that usually keeps flashlights, matches and a battery pack around for upcoming adventures, then the Mountains AR app, from Gian Paolo Saliola, is going to make a compelling case for you to buy and bring a mobile phone around too. Mountains AR, is quite remarkable and is built to analyze and assess your mountainous surroundings.
Simply point your iPhone toward scenery or a mountain range at hand, and the app will display all of the information you could desire. At only $2.99, it’s cheaper than your next pack of batteries and will be a perfect addition for the backpacker who’s always on the go!
This app has an innate intelligence that’s very impressive. Simply by allowing the app to find your current location, and then pointing outward, the app can identify your surrounding mountain peaks or climbing environment.
The “AR Engine” is optimized for a variety of devices and camera models and immediately simulates user position anywhere across the globe.
The app itself has over 250,000 peaks in its database, and you won’t be able to find an obscure enough environment that it has yet to explore it. You can set coordinates manually or auto-locate, and really let the app do most of the work when it comes to identifying your current position.
Concept and Functionality:
To see if this app really stands up to the test, you should probably take it on an arctic expedition. Would it withstand sub-zero temperatures and does it compete with other comprehensive hardware models? Of course that really depends more on the iPhone but these questions require further examination. Does the app do well with immediate identification and exploration of terrain? That’s a definite yes, and stands up to the test thus far.
This app isn’t for everyone, but will be a delight for campers, backpackers and anyone who has every wondered about an interesting looking mountain off in the distance.
We always love seeing new outdoor apps, as this blend of nature and technology offers people around the globe the best of both worlds.
Mountains AR requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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