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Camping with Augmented Reality

Camping and hiking are all fun and games until someone gets lost. You can try to find your way by calling a friend, but they can’t necessarily navigate you back to your tent without knowing exactly where you are. Enter Spyglass, an app for iOS that has a multitude of compasses for your navigation needs as well as finding designated waypoints.

There is a compass available on the app that uses Augmented Reality with GPS capabilities. YouAR Spyglass can look at your phone to navigate and a compass will overlay what you see in front of you. This compass is also enabled when you are trying to find your way back to your camp using the Find Waypoint feature.

You can also navigate via the stars using this app. It utilizes the stars spyglassconstellations, moon and sun to help you find your way.

The app also has an angular calculator and inclinometer allowing you to measure the height of mountains and the distance to them.

At $3.99 on the App Store, it’s a pretty cheap way to not get lost.


Wingman: Allowing you to drink responsibly.

There’s a new app in the Apple app store called Wingman. And while the app’s direct use isn’t getting you laid (though that might happen) it will get you home safe.

When you go out to the bars for shots or hang out with friends wine and cheese night, Wingman is there to let you know your Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC. Basically, you type in what you’re drinking throughout the night and Wingman will give you an estimated BAC. You’ll get notifications such as “feeling it” in relation to your BAC while it keeps track of how many drinks you’ve had.

The app also works on smart watches, like the Apple Watch and Pebble Smart Watch so you don’t accidentally send embarrassing texts with your phone.

The app was developed by Bellevue-based Teku Industries, and will be released in the US this month. For May, the app will cost 99 cents, then it will be bumped up to $1.99, which is a small price to pay to make sure you don’t end up going home with Ryan Gosling and waking up to Steve Buscemi.