Seeking the state of the art in location-based smartphone apps.
May 31, 2011 6:28 PM   Subscribe

Seeking the state-of-the-art in location-based smartphone (iPhone & Android) apps.

I'd like to survey the field of location-based or locative applications. Apps which interact with or target a particular point in the world, using GPS, or not. I'm specifically seeking tour guide-like apps, like Rama. I'm also interested in augmented reality apps. Finally, if you've had a positive experience with a one-off art installation or custom device, I'd like to hear about that, too. What have you used that's impressed you?

I've seen this http://ask.metafilter.com/180787/Favorite-museumgardenattraction-visitor-experience-technology and this http://ask.metafilter.com/170550/Mobile-Apps-for-Museums. Many thanks.
posted by Tufa to Technology (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is an excellent question.

I just recently got Motion X GPS...and I feel there should be something much better out there. Sorry I can't give you a definite product...but you can exclude that one.
posted by hal_c_on at 6:54 PM on May 31, 2011


I'm not sure if you'd call it augmented reality, but I enjoy long walks using Endomondo. It shows my path through the neighborhood and nearby park, elevation, speed and has audible announcements at way points.
posted by forthright at 7:19 PM on May 31, 2011


Google's My Tracks is great for Android.
posted by dobbs at 9:34 PM on May 31, 2011


So little to say on this subject, MetaFilter? I thought you'd have this subject in your pocket.

Here is a blog entry that looks at several interesting location-aware/wayfinding/augmented reality iPhone apps.
posted by Tufa at 10:15 PM on May 31, 2011


I'm an Android user. God, that sounds like a confession.

Anyway, I'm still shocked by just how good Google Maps is for this kind of thing, especially with Latitude enabled so you can see where your friends are. If you're into Geocaching, C:Geo is great. Layar's a pretty decent augmented reality app too.
posted by hnnrs at 11:15 AM on June 1, 2011


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