ViewRanger launches world’s first augmented reality outdoor adventure app
As the title states ViewRanger has launched the world's first augmented reality app. When using the app waymark arrows will appear in ‘real life’ to show you which way to go in the new Skyline feature of ViewRanger. For example get to the top of a mountain, look through the camera of your smartphone and, using augmented reality, all the summits and major features in the panorama will be named.
Skyline uses innovative augmented reality technology to mix the real world, as seen through the smartphone camera, with ViewRanger map data, sourced from a wide range of partners and publishers.
Skyline uses location, gyroscopic and other sensors in the smartphone to understand the position of your handset and the landscape around it. It identifies mountain peaks, lakes, villages, cliffs and even glaciers up to 20 miles away and overlays their names across the image in the camera.
ViewRanger is currently used and trusted by over 200 search and rescue teams worldwide. The map information is held on the phone together with a selection of routes, and the positioning is provided by GPS, so there are no data or signal issues when in the mountains.
The idea of ‘labelling the landscape’ was inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s pictorial guides to the English Lake District, which use hand-drawn illustrations of hiking routes to help the walker explore the countryside.
Co-founder and CEO Craig Wareham explains:
“When we started ViewRanger, our vision was always to place map information directly into the landscape around the user. Now, just over 60 years since Wainwright’s first guidebook for the Lake District fells was published, Skyline makes that a reality. It’s ready for anyone to use on their next walk, hike or bike.
“Skyline tells you what you’re looking at and shows you which way to go, fundamentally changing the way maps are used and how you interact with the landscape. When navigating a pre-planned route with Skyline, waypoints and directional arrows appear on the screen, offering unambiguous information about where to go. This is invaluable for people unfamiliar with using maps, if the fog descends or if it starts snowing in the mountains.
Skyline identifies nine million landscape features and works across 80% of the globe – essentially everywhere except the northern and southern Polar Regions."
Mike Brocklehurst, CTO and co-founder of ViewRanger, said:
“It’s an exciting time for ViewRanger and we’ve already had a very positive reaction from people trialling Skyline in the USA, Japan, Australia, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Now we’re looking forward to hearing what outdoor enthusiasts around the world think.”
Designed to help people explore with greater confidence wherever they are, Skyline is free with the latest version of the ViewRanger app. It is available now in the Apple App Store and is coming soon on Google Play.